I’ve spent the morning organising my PGCE paperwork and came across a handy hand-out on spelling. The hand-out contained ideas and resource websites for spelling games and activities. I’ve pasted the ideas below:
Words within sentences.
How many different words can you make from one phrase or a sentence – you could try the name of your college for starters.
Print and laminate the alphabet as a series of large letters. The students then pick a random selection of the letters and organise into constants and vowels
Using a tiled board and a random selection of letters this is a game for two or more players. Each player uses their own letter selection to create new words. Each word should contain one letter that is already on the board. An online version is available at http://uk.pogo.com/misc/gamesearch/gamesearch.do?pageSection=homnav_game_search
(Anagram – A word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase)
For an anagram maker and lots of other puzzles try http://eleaston.com/quizzes.html
For one you can easily make yourself try http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/
Boggle is a letter grid that can be used as a puzzle where the student uses the letters to create as many words as possible, An online version is available at http://www.wordplays.com/p/boggler
Graham Rawle’s work on changing the meaning of sentences by losing one letter – look at http://www.grahamrawle.com/lostconsonants/index.html. Look under Lost Constants for lots of examples that can be used for Entry Level students to play spot the missing letter and for inspiration Level 2 students to create their own sentences.