UPDATE: Very pleased to announce that this post won the British Council’s Blog of the Month Award for May.
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I want to tell you about how I adapted my advanced students’ favourite spelling activity for lower levels –all the way down to beginner. The original activity called Three in a Row is available free on Johanna Stirling’s spelling blog here. The original version can be challenging – even for teachers. Just try thinking of ‘something dangerous’ with the spelling ‘eau.’ But the activity itself is great, which is why I created the lower level version.
Lower Level ‘Three in a Row’
Time 45 minutes
- The board with spelling topics is here. You’ll need 1 per four-six students. I recommend laminating them.
- You will need 1 coloured pen and paper or a mini-whiteboard per team of 2.
- For pre-intermediate students you can add vowel dice or cards.
Play (these rules were created by my students)
- Students play in teams of two or three with two teams per board.
- One team chooses a topic square and then the other team chooses a word related to the topic.
- Both teams try to spell the word without looking at each others’ paper.
- The team which spells the word correctly wins the square and places a cross in the square. A draw means no one wins.
- When a team gets three in a row they score 1 point.
*For pre-intermediate students you can add vowel dice to make it more challenging. The word they choose must also contain the vowel thrown.
*I have also played with three teams per board –just add an extra coloured pen.