Teaching

Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program.

More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in my own classroom, to come later! 

I think spelling is very important. When my student’s are writing, they sometimes come up with the most inventive ways to spell fairly common words.

Think: asm for awesome. 

My goal each year is to help improve their spelling, even just a little bit.

I’ve had them do rainbow spelling before, where they write each letter with a different word, they’ve written their words around an outline of a picture, but I had been using these activities every week and saw that my students weren’t super excited about them.

I found a wonderful blog, Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational, that had a link to a free download for Spelling Battleship.

This game is played just as regular battleship, but in place of ships are their spelling words. Each letter of the word is placed in a grid, and the opposite player guesses the coordinates to try and sink their ship, but in this case, their spelling word.

Instead of printing out a different copy of the sheet each time, I decided to put them inside a sheet protector so they can use dry-erase markers and reuse the battleship pages all year long.

The sheet has two sides – one for the spelling words, and one for “bombing” your partner. You can get the sheet here.

I hope you have as much fun with these as my class did! They were begging to keep playing all day!

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