Fun & Easy Spelling Activities for Word Work Centers

Independent word work centers are the perfect time to practice spelling in the classroom. There are tons of fun ways to practice, but I think you will really like these ideas. I just created a fun Spell Check Activity that makes the perfect phonics spelling literacy center. It’s self-checking and super easy to use. Check out this new resource and my other spelling activities and ideas below!

Use Spell Check to Improve Spelling

I’m excited to introduce my new self-checking phonics resource, Spell Check! These activities were designed with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students in mind and are sure to keep them engaged while they learn to spell. The printables are a simple way to practice spelling patterns and encoding words and are supported by the Science of Reading.

Spelling Spell Check Resource

With these activities, students will practice segmenting, spelling, and writing words. The best part, they are self-checking. Let me show you how they work.

How Do They Work?

I know it seems silly that pieces of paper can be self-checking, but they are. Usually it’s just digital resources that can self-check. But I found a way! Simply print the cards you want to use and fold them in half to create a table tent. The answers with the words will now be face down so students can’t see them while they are working.

Provide the students with their recording sheets and let them sound out each word. They will write their answers in the boxes. When they are done, they can unfold the table tent and compare their answers to the answer key. It’s that easy!

*Tip* – Laminate the recording sheets and use a dry erase marker so students can reuse the cards over and over again!

Spelling Spell Check Resource
I like to color code my pages, so students know which colors they have done. Just print the worksheets on colored cardstock or construction paper.
Spelling Spell Check Resource
Students can easily compare their answers to the answer key.

The Spell Check resource includes the following patterns:

  • Short Vowel CVC Words
  • Short Vowel Mixed CVC Words
  • Long Vowel CVCe words
  • Long Vowel CVCe Mixed words
  • Beginning Blends L, R, S words
  • Beginning Blends L, R, S Mixed words
  • Ending Blends L, M, N, R, S words
  • Ending Blends L, M, N, R, S Mixed words
  • Beginning Consonant Digraphs CH, SH, TH words
  • Beginning Consonant Digraphs CH, SH, TH Mixed words
  • Vowel Teams Mixed words
  • R-Controlled Vowels Mixed words
Spelling Spell Check Resource
If you print the pages out for each child, let them color the pictures for extra fine motor practice if they finish early.

Try the Phonics Spelling Literacy Center and use Spell Check to master all sorts of phonemes and words.

If you want more spelling ideas for the classroom, keep reading below!

Mystery Words Spelling Resource

Kids love a good mystery, and so do I! I created these fun mystery word activities to get students excited to learn new words. Kindergarten and first grade students have a BLAST guessing their mystery words. The mystery words include CVC, CVCe, and 5 letter words of your choice.

What’s Included?

  • 3 game boards
  • 1 set of printable, lowercase letter tiles in an easy-to-read font
  • 1 recording sheet
  • 50 CVC word cards
  • 40 CVCe word cards
  • 1 set of editable word cards

Use the printable letter tiles or Scrabble pieces if you have them on hand! It’s a great tactile activity for little fingers.

Mystery Words Spelling Resource

Dot-A-Word Spelling Activity

The first step in mastering spelling is to learn phonemic awareness. This is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds in words. We can practice phonemic awareness by isolating sounds in words, blending sounds to make words, and sementing sounds within words.

One fun way to practice this is by using these Dot-A-Word printables. Students can write the missing sounds or use manipulatives to touch each sound as they work. Read more on this post about Teaching Students to Spell Words with Ease and grab some FREE Sound Boxes as well!

Dot a Word Spelling Activity

I hope you enjoy using these fun spelling activities as well as my other resources. A combination of these engaging centers will help students be wonderful spellers in no time! Print all of them and rotate them through centers to provide variety and differentiation in your classroom.


Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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