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Spelling bee lesson plans can get students into the spirit of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and spell, spell, spell.
In this Time For Kids:  spelling bees and detail search worksheet, students read the April 9, 2004 issue and answer 16 questions about spelling strategies and 9 questions about searching for details.
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about a spelling bee and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
In this comprehension worksheet, 7th graders read a passage about a spelling bee and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, learners read the short passage, "The Spelling Bee", and then answer 5 reading comprehension questions with multiple choice answers.
Using Visual Thesaurus software, class members participate in a computer-based spelling bee. Then they work in groups to analyze the words and use deductive reasoning to infer spelling patterns. They then present one of their "rules" to the class, jigsaw style.
Learners read Spelldown, by Becky Mushko and consider how it portrays the Appalachian community. They define and discuss vocabulary presented in the story and write a comparison/contrast paper analyzing two of the story's characters. The spelling activities are sound and could be used with any book or story.
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about unscrambling words correctly. Page includes links to answers, ads and resources.
Students explore school life in Appalacia through the use of the book, Spelldown.  In this five-part short story lesson, students participate in a spelling bee and journal writing.  Students use maps and pictures to become familiar with the geography of the book and compare and contrast characters.
Fifth graders complete spelling bee games and work in groups in order to spell words correctly. In this spelling lesson plan, 5th graders are also focusing on conflicts, behavior, and authority in their group.
A rigged spelling bee gives class members a chance to experience some of the feelings associated with unfair treatment. Team one is given easy words while team two is given difficult words. As teams realize the unfairness the instructor launches a discussion of groups that were singled out for unfair treatment. Carefully consider the climate of your classroom before using this lesson.
Students are put into teams and practice spelling words in a spelling bee with a 'twist'. They can target current spelling lists, challenging lists or reviews.
In this bar graph worksheet, students use information about a class spelling bee, shown in a bar graph, to complete a set of 7 related questions. Answers included on page 2.
Does your school compete in a spelling bee? Do you want your seventh graders to learn challenging new words? Here's a list of 100 words to prepare your kids for the National Spelling Bee. Since the words are from the 2010-2011 school year, the list has likely changed. Words like desolate, literacy, yeti, and biscotti are included. 
Send your class to the moon with this nonfiction reading exercise. After reading a persuasive article about sending kids to space through a lottery, learners complete a reading comprehension lesson reflecting the main points in the article. They go on to complete an editorial about sending people to Mars.
Students take the spelling bee format and adapt it to provide practice in making change and work on their money skills. They simulate the process of making purchases with money and making change as necessary to complete the purchase.
Students listen to the book Finding the Friendship Dolls, A True Story: How Children Can Help Create World Peace through Toys. In this world peace instructional activity, students choose events in the story to create a timeline of those events. Students participate in an unfair Spelling Bee and discuss their feelings.
Fifth graders participate in a spelling bee. In this verbs and homophones lesson, 5th graders review how most verbs are formed in the past tense and how this differs from irregular verbs. Students identify homophones and homographs and complete a modified spelling bee. Students complete a worksheet about homophones and verbs.
Students explore the Revolutionary War. They discuss ways to resolve conflicts, establish control/authority to meet needs. Students compare interactions among groups and then relate to other social groups. Students play a game to review the Revolutionary War.
Students write the spelling list as usual. They spell them aloud while doing jumping jacks. They must sit down if they misspell a word. (This also works on their honesty skills.)

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