Now the entire list is troublesome (a second grader spelling migration?)!! Good thing my son is up for the challenge ... and it's a good thing I am too!
My secret-code lovin' boy had a lot of fun with this spelling practice activity. While it took a little prep and a small prize I'd purchased at Target, it was worth the small investment I made. Here's how to get it ready:
- Grab 26 index cards and in bold marker write one letter of the alphabet on each.
- Look at your son/daughter’s spelling word list. What words did he/she miss on the pretest? Pick four of the most challenging words for secret message spelling practice.
- Count each letter in those words (NOTE: if words repeat letters, count them each time they appear).
- The total number of letters is the number of words long your secret message must be. Get creative!
- Once you’ve written your message, begin writing one word on the back of each letter card so that as the child spells the word, the message begins to reveal itself. Note: I numbered the words so that letters from the first word were preceded by a numeral one. If the letter is used more than once, put the second (or even third word) on a line below the other(s).
EXAMPLE SPELLING WORDS
(30 letters total in four spelling words)
EXAMPLE SECRET MESSAGE