Want an easy way to integrate Spelling and Math? Here's how....


    Children will practice identifying the letters and spelling paterns in their words. Children will also become logical thinkers as they read the grid and predict the placement of the next letter .


    • Overhead
    • One transparency with grid.
    • One grid for each student or team
    • One grid for teacher.
    • This activity will take approximatly 15 min. to prepare.


    Children try to find the hidden spelling words by calling out grid locations.
    Children need to be familiar with reading grids.


    Before class the teacher needs to write the spelling words on the master grid. (For beginners only hide words vertically and horizontally. When children become comfortable begin to hide words diaganolly and backwards). The master grid is for the teacher only.Teacher will display blank grid on overhead and ask a child to call out a coordinate (i.e. A,1). The teacher will then reply by saying yes or no. If yes, give the letter that appears in the box,and have children write the letter on their page .If no, have the children put an X in the location ( this keeps them from repeating ). The children may guess the word after 2 letters have been uncovered. To win the children must uncover all the words. When the children become proficient in this, limit the number of guesses the children get. For example 50 wrong guesses, the teacher would win the game. If the kids can uncover the spelling words correctly before 50 wrong guesses the children win. Another limit could be a timer, children would need to uncover five words in ten minutes.

    Student page would look like this.

    Teacher's master copy with hidden words would look like this.


    As children become comfortable reading the grids, you will have fewer repeat locations and you will begin to see children using stratagies to uncover words. You should also see children starting to figure the spelling words out faster as they begin to see patterns and similarities between words.


    Another use for this activity could be to give the children some addition or subtraction problem with very different answers.(i.e. 11+14= (25) 15 +15= (30) ) . Have the children complete the problems, then play battle with the answers.

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    This lesson was developed through

    GirlTECH '97,

    a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the

    Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC)

    a National Science Foundation

    Science and Technology Center. Copyright July,1998 Tracey Zientek