Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Trick Words

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Trick Words

Hey teachers! Looking for fun ways to practice spelling trick words? I have ideas for you right here!

Play Doh or Clay

Play doh is fun and easy to use, and super for shorter words for kindergarten and first graders.
         

Pipe Cleaners

Pipe cleaners are an underrated but fun, hands on way to make letters and therefore trick words! 
               

Magnetic Letters 

They are classic - but have you played the what's missing game? Have students make the word with magnets and then you make the same word, but (out of sight) remote a letter (or two or three) and have students guess what's missing from the word. It's a great way for them to practice what the word looks like.
        

Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Trick WordsFun Ways to Practice Spelling Trick Words
This is what my What's Missing? looks like (left) and another quick activity I did that you can try where I mix up the letters and say "You be the teacher. Did I spell it correctly?" (right)

Sand Boxes! 

I discovered weighted sand recently and it's even better than salt boxes! I like to put sand or salt in the 4x6" Iris photo boxes.
          

Gel Pens and Pads 

Gel pens (like these from Wilson Language) provide pressure when students write words and help students learn the spelling!

Digital Resources

And if you want a way that students can practice trick words with digital resources, check out the trick word resources from my store. The top two have audio clips and students spell the words based on memory (or using classroom resources like the trick word wall). For the other resources, students will look at the trick words and spell them for practice! Fun, engaging, paperless, and great for distance learning, homeschooling, remote learning, or in class reading centers.
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Class Rewards that Don't Involve Food

Class rewards that don't involve food

Class Rewards that Don't Involve Food

Positive reinforcement is always a great way to support your students so today I have suggestions for class rewards that don't involve food! My second graders would always want to have Pizza Day or candy but 1) I am not buying pizza for 22 people and 2) eventually teachers were not allowed to give out food because of food allergies.


Parties

  • Disco Party: wear your 70's duds and wigs, bring in or borrow a disco ball, and spend a little time playing fun disco songs!
  • Dance Party: just like the Disco Party but you can use current and recent songs! Check out my blog post with suggestions here

Special Days

  • Stuffed Animal Day: This is always a hit with younger kids! My second graders loved to read to their stuffed animals and we also would incorporate them into math by measuring our stuffies in inches, centimeters, and more.
  • Pajama Day: simple and classic! Everyone wears pajamas. 
  • Game Day: This was also a big hit with my classes. Students bring in all kinds of board games from home. Sorry, Battleship, Headbanz and more were popular.
  • 70's Day: See the disco party but take out the dancing! Wear the bell bottoms and fringed jackets.
  • 80's Day: My friend has done this with her class. There is a lot of neon on those days. 

Recess and Lunch

  • Extra Outdoor Recess: self-explanatory, right?
  • Extra Indoor Recess: same but great for frigid winter days
  • Picnic Lunch: Another friend loves to do this one with her class. They bring towels and blankets and the picnic always turns into a fun playtime.

Other

  • No Homework: Make sure this is okay with your principal though, but I approve of it!
  • Watch a Fun Video: I like Magic School Bus videos (about 20 minutes)  and Geraldine the Giraffe phonics videos (2-5 minutes each). Short is good because we really can't afford these days to watch a 90 minute movie like Air Bud (as I did do once about 20 years ago). 

So, do you have your own ideas for class rewards that don't involve food? Be sure to comment so we know what we missed!

Class rewards that don't involve food