Monday, September 22, 2014

Traditional Spelling Bee

published on: 10/19/2005

Contributing Teacher(s): Chris McRoberts

Subject Area: Communication Arts/English Grammar/Usage

Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3), Middle Grades (6-8), Upper Elementary (4-5), High School (9-12)

Materials Needed:

  • Grade-appropriate spelling word lists
  • *If you are doing a "public" spelling bee, you will need a pronouncer, judges, red/green signs (for correct/incorrect spelling) for judges to signal contestants,(I used paper fans on a stick and covered the sides with green/red.)
  • a speaker system for any large room
  • participation ribbons or certificates for all contestants
  •  ribbons or medals for winners, if you choose.

Objective: Students will practice spelling words correctly while having fun. Studests will learn not be afraid of speaking in front of a group. The students will learn to listen well to others speaking (spelling) and to use his ability to analyze and problem solve to make corrections when the missed word beomes his word.

Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections

Process Standards:

  • Goal 2.1 plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Goal 2.2 review and revise communications to improve accuracy and clarity

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)

    G.L.E.:

    Time Allowance:

    Description: You can use this format for any grade, in the classroom or for a public spelling bee to show off your kids'' spelling abilities and improve parent and community involvement! Spelling bees are an excellent way to give academics a chance to shine!


    Classroom Component:

    Rules for Traditional Spelling Bee

    The spelling bee will be an oral competition with eliminations on a miss-and-out basis in the traditional spelling bee manner.

    Contestants will stand up and compete in the order in which they are lined up for the Bee.

    In competition, after the pronouncer gives the contestant a word the contestant may also pronounce the word before spelling it and after spelling it, or not at all.

    The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce a word, define it and use it in a sentence. The pronouncer will grant the request until the judge(s) agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. The judge may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.

    Upon missing the spelling of a word the contestant immediately drops out of the contest. The next word is given to the next contestant in line.

    Having started to spell a word, the contestant may not change letters once pronounced.

    In the spelling of a word, the contestant will be required to say the letters clearly and distinctly, in order that the judge(s) and pronouncer can determine the spelling with unmistakeable clearness.

    If one of the last two spellers errs and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted to him, then the misspelled new word will be referred to the first speller for correction. If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the error and correctly spells the next word on the pronouncer''s list, then he will be declared champion. If both misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest.

    Any question relating to the spelling of a word must be referred to the judge immediately. No protest can be entertained after the contest is terminated. The judges'' decision will be final on all questions.

    FOR CLASSROOM USE:

    When having a spelling bee for fun and practice in the classroom, I would de-emphasize "winning" and praise each student for being brave enough to try it. As each student was "spelled-down", I would tell them the correct spelling of the word they missed, thank them and invite them to sit down and help me listen for correct spelling.

    When we were practicing for our upcoming annual publicly-viewed spelling bee, I would have the students hold an object (marker or pencil) to similate holding a microphone so they would be comfortable with that part of it. We also emphasized speaking loudly and clearly and using good manners for listening to others speak.

    ASSESSMENT:

    Observe each student''s knowledge of use of correct beginning and ending letters, correct vowel sounds, use of capital letters for proper nouns, etc., as he spells orally each word he is given. Make notations for further re-teaching.

    ACCOMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS:

    As pronouncer, give each child a word appropriate to his ability level. Be sure to be discrete in this choice of spelling words so as not to embarass any child.

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    Rules for Traditional Spelling Bee

    The spelling bee will be an oral competition with eliminations on a miss-and-out basis in the traditional spelling bee manner.

    Contestants will stand up and compete in the order in which they are lined up for the Bee.

    In competition, after the pronouncer gives the contestant a word the contestant may also pronounce the word before spelling it and after spelling it, or not at all.

    The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce a word, define it and use it in a sentence. The pronouncer will grant the request until the judge(s) agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. The judge may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.

    Upon missing the spelling of a word the contestant immediately drops out of the contest. The next word is given to the next contestant in line.

    Having started to spell a word, the contestant may not change letters once pronounced.

    In the spelling of a word, the contestant will be required to say the letters clearly and distinctly, in order that the judge(s) and pronouncer can determine the spelling with unmistakeable clearness.

    If one of the last two spellers errs and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted to him, then the misspelled new word will be referred to the first speller for correction. If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the error and correctly spells the next word on the pronouncer's list, then he will be declared champion. If both misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest.

    Any question relating to the spelling of a word must be referred to the judge immediately. No protest can be entertained after the contest is terminated. The judges' decision will be final on all questions.


    FOR CLASSROOM USE:

    When having a spelling bee for fun and practice in the classroom, I would de-emphasize "winning" and praise each student for being brave enough to try it. As each student was "spelled-down", I would tell them the correct spelling of the word they missed, thank them and invite them to sit down and help me listen for correct spelling.

    When we were practicing for our upcoming annual publicly-viewed spelling bee, I would have the students hold an object (marker or pencil) to similate holding a microphone so they would be comfortable with that part of it. We also emphasized speaking loudly and clearly and using good manners for listening to others speak.

    ASSESSMENT:

    Observe each student's knowledge of use of correct beginning and ending letters, correct vowel sounds, use of capital letters for proper nouns, etc., as he spells orally each word he is given. Make notations for further re-teaching.

    ACCOMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS:

    As pronouncer, give each child a word appropriate to his ability level. Be sure to be discrete in this choice of spelling words so as not to embarass any child.


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    For additional information contact :
    Chris McRoberts
    Sherwood Elem.
    Sherwood Cass R-VIII
    (660) 499-2202
    EMAIL:
    chrism@mail.sherwood.k12.mo.us

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