Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Little Low Tech

One of the ways I have my students get ready for a spelling test is by creating what we call Spelling Art. Using their twenty spelling words, they create any piece of art that they'd like. The only rules:

  • Use all of the words.
  • Use color.
  • Have fun.

Most students will use a pencil to outline the picture and then add the words along those lines, adding color as they go. I always love seeing what my students come up with. Sometimes they are personal statements:

Sometimes they come with a punchline: "I like minions."

Occasionally a student turns in an incredible work of art:

And then there are those that are just so amazingly cool that you want to share them with everyone you Taryn's spelling art...

of a spelling test!


Kevin Hodgson said...

I love this idea -- wow -- that is really neat to see, and I think building the word/picture around a theme would be interesting.

Allanah King said...

They are very awesome. I bet they look great in your classroom too.

Allanah King

Moturoa Classroom

Appleby School


New Zealand

Unknown said...

Thank you both for your comments!

Kevin...I love the idea of using a theme for the class to work with. That could be a lot of fun!

Allanah...I haven't put them up in the classroom...yet! :)

Mrs. Tenkely said...

What a cool way to practice spelling!! This would have so been up my ally as a student. I love that you are taking memorization, and spicing it up with creativity. SO COOL.

Dennis Grice said...

Love this idea. Think I'll freak out my teachers when I send them a link to something that's "no-tech". Oh, wait...a link is tech, right?

Becky Goerend said...

Very cool idea! We use Sitton spelling, so there isn't a list every week, but I will definitely use this to have them practice words they've missed in the past! Thanks for sharing!

LAM said...

I love this idea..this would be perfect for spelling those confusing words (like affect and effect)and even could be used for vocabulary words. The student could design a picture and include the appropriate vocabulary word. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I love this, too-- does it help them do better on the spelling tests?

Zane G. Porter said...

How much class time do you spend on this? I love the idea, but I have stopped spelling tests this year. Do you think students need spelling tests to make them better writers or readers? I do have vocab with our novels, but was just curious on why you have spelling tests.

Toni Olivieri-Barton said...

There is now an iPad app that does something similar to the first example. Draws with the words you have typed in. It is called TypeDrawing so you could make this lesson tech.