These winter spelling activities are my new favorite thing because… they are EDITABLE!!! You can use them with any word list, spelling list, or vocabulary list. Read all about them below, or scroll down to the video at the bottom of this post to see this resource in action.
WHEN TO USE THE WINTER SPELLING ACTIVITIES
At my school, spelling activities are a big part of homework. I try to give my students choices with my spelling menu, but I notice that they always do the same activities over and over. It’s time to spice things up. I decided to make these activities seasonal so that while we are practicing spelling words in a consistent way, it is still fresh and fun.
You can also use these spelling activities for:
- Independent practice
- Morning work
- Spelling centers
- Fast finishers
- Vocabulary practice
- Sight words
HOW DO THE EDITABLE WINTER SPELLING ACTIVITIES WORK?
This is my favorite part! You only have to type your word list into the document ONE time. The words will magically appear on every page! Just kidding; it’s not magic. It took three hours of Christmas break trial-and-error and fighting with Adobe Pro. But now that the file is finished, preparing spelling activities will be a CINCH from now on!
Each page includes a word bank (which will auto-fill after you type your list). After that, all you have to do is print and practice, and it doesn’t require any prep! There are directions on each activity page.
HOW MANY SPELLING WORDS CAN I USE?
One of the best parts about this being editable is that you can customize it to fit your needs. Use these pages with anywhere from 5-20 words. You don’t have to have 20 words in your word list in order to use these pages. This makes it easy to customize and differentiate. We only have 10-15 words in first grade, so I can include our challenge words in the word bank, too. All I have to do is type an asterisk * next to the words to remind the students that those are challenge words.
WHAT WINTER SPELLING ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED?
The following activities are included:
- Arctic ABC Order (write in alphabetical order; alphabet line included)
- Cocoa Color-by-Letter (vowels VS consonants)
- Colorful Coats (rainbow word writing)
- Mitten Messages (“type” and write words; keyboard on page)
- Penguin Pictures (illustrate the words)
- Pinecone Pyramids (pyramid word writing)
- Polar Practice (write words three times each)
- Reindeer Rhymes (generate and write a rhyming word)
- Silly Snow Story (write a story using as many spelling words as possible)
- Ski and Search (make a word search)
- Snowflake Sorting (create categories and sort words)
- Snowman Sentences (create sentences for words)
HOW DO I EDIT THE WINTER SPELLING ACTIVITIES?
In order to edit these spelling activities, you will need Adobe Reader. This software is completely FREE. Once you open the file in Adobe Reader, start typing your word list on page 5. Then print. That’s it! It’s so quick, right?! I’m in love!
WINTER SPELLING ACTIVITIES – EDITABLE: TUTORIAL
Just to show you how easy it is to edit these activities, I made a video for you. I know, me…camera shy Lauren! In the video I am showing you how easy it is to open the file, type in your word list, and see the matching spelling activities magically appear! 😉 [Note: I am using the Spring Spelling Activities file in the video, but these files work the same way so the tutorial still applies.]
These were so fun to create and share and I cannot wait to make more of them! If you have any special requests, be sure to let me know! You can email me at aTeachableTeacher(at)gmail(dot)com. In the meantime, you can find these editable winter spelling activities in my TpT store, or by clicking here.
*UPDATE: Spring Spelling Activities are now available, and so is a year long BUNDLE! You can find them by clicking here.
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