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English Language Arts - 8th

Spelling Bee Bonanza!

Title: Spelling Bee Bonanza

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 8

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: Engage your eighth-grade students in a fun and interactive spelling activity that will enhance their spelling skills and vocabulary.

Topic: Spelling

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of spelling rules and patterns.
  • Students will expand their vocabulary through exposure to new words.
  • Students will improve their spelling accuracy and fluency.


This activity will involve a spelling bee competition where students will showcase their spelling skills in a friendly and supportive environment. The activity will be divided into three stages: preparation, competition, and reflection.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Spelling word list (provided by the teacher)
  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Timer
  • Prizes (optional)


Preparation Stage:

  1. Introduce the spelling bee activity to the students and explain the rules and expectations.
  2. Provide each student with a spelling word list tailored to their level.
  3. Encourage students to study and practice the words on their list independently or in small groups.

Competition Stage:

  1. Organize the classroom in a way that allows all students to face the audience.
  2. Explain the rules of the spelling bee competition:
    • Each student will take turns standing at the front of the class.
    • The teacher will announce a word, and the student will have 30 seconds to spell it correctly.
    • If the student misspells the word, they will be given one more chance to correct it.
    • If the student misspells the word again, they will be eliminated from the competition.
    • The competition will continue until there is only one student left standing, who will be declared the winner.
  3. Start the spelling bee competition, ensuring that each student has an equal opportunity to participate.
  4. Use the timer to keep track of the 30-second time limit for each student.
  5. Encourage the audience to support and cheer for their classmates.
  6. Provide positive feedback and encouragement to all participants.

Reflection Stage:

  1. After the competition, gather the students for a reflection session.
  2. Discuss the experience and ask students to share their thoughts and feelings about the spelling bee.
  3. Ask students to reflect on the words they found challenging and how they plan to improve their spelling skills in the future.
  4. Recognize and celebrate the efforts of all participants, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and growth.

By the end of the activity, students should:

  • Know: Spelling rules and patterns, new vocabulary words
  • Understand: The importance of accurate spelling and the value of continuous improvement
  • Can do: Spell words correctly, apply spelling rules and patterns, reflect on their spelling skills

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 8

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