Friday, March 16, 2012

Spelling (and Basketball) Practice

Last week my son wore out his Nerf over-the-door basketball hoop. I kid you not. When we replaced it with a sturdier version of the same thing, it dawned on me that I should work a little harder to get my money’s worth out of that toy.

Why not combine spelling practice with shooting hoops?

I quick whipped together a score card and grabbed the list of eight spelling words my son’s teacher sent home in his backpack.

Download this PDF scorecard for free here.

Step 1
I read the word and he wrote it down.

Step 2: Did you use the right number of letters?
I counted the letters in the word and told him how many there were. He had to count the letters in the word he’d written. If his word had the same number of letters, he added a “1” to that column of the scorecard.

Step 3: Did you use the right letters?
I scrambled the letters and told them to him. If all the letters I read were in his word, he put a “1” in the next column on the scorecard. NOTE: if extra letters were also in his word, he still got a “1.”

Step 4: Is the word spelled right?
I told him the correct spelling and he checked his work. If it was right, he added a third “1” to his worksheet.

Step 5
He added the numbers together. This subtotal was recorded in the “points possible” column.

Step 6
My son grabbed the basketball (unless there was a zero in the “points possible” column). I gave him three tries to make a basket. If he did, the earned the number of points listed in the “points possible” column.

This got my son’s brain working and blood pumping. He was SUPER bummed to spell grape wrong (darn silent e) and disappointed when even after three tries, he still didn’t make a basket, but he tried really hard to both spell words right AND sink some shots.

After his eight words were spelled, he totaled the score. 12 points!


  1. Hi there, I just found this spelling activity. I'm your newest follower.
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  2. What a fun, active way to make spelling exciting!

  3. LOVE this! I am working really hard to make spelling fun - this is a GREAT idea =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week & see you Friday,
    Beth =-)

  4. I found your activity on Pinterest. What a great idea! I'm doing a sports theme in my classroom this year, so I'm trying to get as many sport related activities. Thanks for helping me:-D

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