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Team Spelling Bee Game

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Here’s a simple, fun twist on the traditional spelling bee game. The only supplies you’ll need are the chalkboard and chalk (or whiteboards and markers). You can play this game anytime throughout the year, with any list of spelling words.

Team Spelling

Grade Level: 2-6

Players: The whole class, divided into 4 teams


To Prepare:

First, ask students to “count off” into four groups. Then seat all the 1s together, all the 2s together, and so on.

The numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4

Next, divide the board into 4 sections and number them, so that each team has one section of the board on which to write.

To play:

1. Ask the first person on each team to come to the board. Pronounce the first spelling word. The first person to finish the word correctly wins a point for his team.

Example: The spelling word is GENEROUS. Here are the four players' responses:

Sample outcome for one of our Spelling Bee Games at www.spelling-words-well.com

The player for Team 3 was the first person to spell generous correctly, so Team 3 scores one point for the round. 

2. For the next spelling word, the second person from each team comes to the board.

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3. At the end of playing time, the team with the most points is the winner. The students on the team may be excused first at the end of the day, or be given some other special privilege.

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