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What's the Buzz? Level One Bee (Beginning) Words for Grades 1-3
In this class, young students will learn about competing in spelling bees and the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. They will also learn to spell Level One Bee (beginning) spelling bee words and 450 words on the school study list.
There are no upcoming classes.
year old learners
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
I will ask an ice breaker question of the students and encourage them to interact with me and other students for a few minutes at the start of each class. Then, for each class, I will follow this format as we learn Level One Bee (beginning) words. 1. Introduce my background and experience as a county spelling bee coordinator associated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 2. Explain what spelling bees are all about and how students might consider competing in one in their local...
Students will learn what spelling bees are and how they might participate in one in their local communities. (While I can't guarantee every community will offer a spelling bee, I will try to help your student find one in which they can compete.) Students will learn about the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Although most of its participants are from the U.S., students from countries such as The Bahamas, Canada, the People's Republic of China, India, Ghana, Japan, Jamaica, Mexico, and New Zealand have also competed in recent years. Historically, the competition has been open to, and remains open to, the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees in the U.S. (including territories such as Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Navajo Nation, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with overseas military bases in Germany and South Korea). Participants from countries other than the U.S. must be regional spelling-bee winners as well. Each class, students will learn new words commonly found on spelling bee competition lists. As we progress through the course, I will also share competition tips such as ways to calm nerves, how to speak into a microphone, remembering to ask all the questions needed to fully understand the word before spelling it, etc. Students will learn that spelling can be fun, especially if you use shaving cream or any other fun, creative way of practicing spelling! The engaging spelling activities will come from various sources like ThoughtCo.com and Study.com. (I have a subscription to Study.com) and the activities on ThoughtCo.com are free to use. Some websites I will use are listed below.
I am offering this class in particular because of my experience coordinating the Tom Green County (Texas) Spelling Bee when I was special editions editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas. I ran the county bee and chaperoned the county winners and their families at the Scripps National Bee in Washington. D.C. for three years. I have also always enjoyed spelling and sharing my love of words with my students. I believe that learning to spell can be fun and I would love to help students succeed in spelling bees.
Practice Level One Bee (beginning) spelling 10 words per week. I will encourage the students to keep a spelling journal, so that they can see all of the new words they are learning to spell. I will ask them to go over each word (rainbow writing) in six different, colored pencil colors. This kinetic repetition helps them remember how to spell the words. I will also assign reading outside of class on a quarterly basis. Students should be able to read 25-50 pages independently. Every three months, students should either purchase one of the books below or check out from their local library: • Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum • Houndsley and Catina by James Howe • Zoey and Sassafras: Monsters and Mold by Asia Citro • Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair by Kate Messner • The Sandwich Thief by André Marois • The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell These books were selected by the national spelling bee to show students Level One Bee (beginning) words in action.
A journal. A pen or pencil. Colored pencils. (At least six, different colors.) Shaving cream (or whipped cream or toothpaste). A drop cloth or something plastic to cover their desk so they don't get shaving cream everywhere. A set of magnetic letters, alphabet blocks, Scrabble letters or a combination of all three. Use whatever you have at home. It doesn't have to be new or fancy. A fly swatter. Tape. Some construction paper or note cards. I will supply the words for the students to learn each week. Students will need to download the free Word Club app through the Scripps National Spelling Bee. We will use this app frequently. It has a variety of games and spelling bee words to help students learn. Other supplies for this ongoing class will be items commonly found at home, so there won't be the need to buy anything else.
At the start of each class (after the first one), I will ask the students to show me their spelling journals and I will be able to see if they have done their practice the previous week by (rainbow writing) going over the words with six, different colored pencils. Learner progress will also be assessed during class when I will ask students to take turns spelling the previous week's words.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Shaving cream will be used for the first class. (If students have an allergy to shaving cream, they may use store-bought whipped cream like Kool Whip or even toothpaste.)
Meet the teacher
Hello! I'm Mrs. Pam from San Antonio, Texas. As a professional writer for more than 20 years, I welcome the opportunity to be your child's teacher. Nothing is any better to me than sharing my love of the written word with my students. ...