7th Grade Spelling Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Learning to spell opens up so many doors for reading, writing, and future learning. Help them turn the key with these spelling games for seventh graders

7th Grade Spelling Games

Learning to spell is an important step in anyone's education. It helps you understand text, including educational textbooks, and helps you improve your own writing skills. The process can be sped up by incorporating some games to make spelling fun and engaging.

Team Hangman

It's the classic spelling game. A word is chosen, and blank spaces are drawn on the board for each letter. Students guess letters that might be found in the word. If the letter is there, it's revealed, filling the blank space. If it isn't found in the word, one line that forms part of a simple picture of a 'hang man' is drawn. When the full hangman is drawn, the students lose.

A variation on this game is team hangman. This involves teams taking turns guessing letters, and racing to be the first team to identify the word. If the hangman is drawn, nobody scores points that round. The team that correctly guesses a word in time scores a point. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Team Spelling Bee

Spelling bees are usually individual activities, but they don't have to be. Have students compete in a spelling bee as part of teams. Each word is announced, and the team can nominate anyone they wish to answer the question. (Hopefully someone who is confident he knows the answer.) The catch: once a team member has answered a question, he cannot answer again until every other team member has had a turn. If someone misspells a word, he is knocked out. The winning team is the last remaining.

Alternatively, if you don't want students to be eliminated, it can be score-based. Teams can score a point for each letter of a correctly spelled word. That way a ten letter word is worth a lot more than a four letter word. Have teams choose the number of letters they wish to try.

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