Super Speller Slipper Club


I have 2 problems when it comes to our spelling tests each Friday.

1. My kiddos need a little lot of motivation when it comes to practicing their spelling words each night at home. They were doing HORRIBLE on their tests each week. Like... I wanted rip the test up and use it as a tissue because I was crying! I really want for my students to know the "spelling rule" {phonics rule...such as short o, silent e, or digraphs, etc.} and I feel like they aren't even getting that sometimes.

2. My kiddos are super stressed about spelling tests!  It's like they are in their seat sweating and shaking!

So, I googled, searched Pinterest, and racked our Facebook friends' brains....and VOILA!
Image from Funky First Grade

 I found this amazing post by Kimberly at Funky First Grade.....I give her full credit and she's behind my inspiration for...

Every Friday my kiddos get to wear SLIPPERS {or colorful socks if they don't have slippers} during our spelling test.  This will help alleviate my #2 problem about spelling tests {make it less stressful}.

Then, after each test is correct on Monday, I meet with each student BRIEFLY and come up with a personal spelling goal {get a 90%, spell the sentences correctly, write 11/12 words write, etc.} to meet for the next week. If they meet that goal, they get their picture up on our SUPER SPELLER SLIPPER CLUB board!  I have to remember that each child is different and I can't expect them to get 100% on every test. That's why it's an individual goal, not a class goal.

Let me just say how EXCITED my kids are to wear their slippers!  I can't wait to set a goal with each of them on Monday and then next week we'll add some pictures up on our board when they meet their goal.

  And then when they meet their goal, I'll give them this...

And for those who don't meet their goal and need an extra push, I'll give them this one {and it will help the parents know what their goal is}:

I've made the bulletin board set for you and then I included the intro letter I sent out to my students' parents to inform them of our spelling club! :)

Font {MTF Jumpin Jack} by miss tiina


Jennifer said...

LOVE this idea!!!!!
Rowdy in First Grade

Erin Baumgarten said...

This is a great idea!!!!!! Thank you for sharing. I would bet there will be Slipper Clubs popping up all over.

Kimberly said...

Thanks for linking back and for the great printables! Happy spelling!
Funky First Grade Fun

Deceptively Educational said...

What a great way to make test-taking fun! I just gave you the I HEART YOUR BLOG award. Stop by for more info:

Sarah said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I teach K students and my mind is WONDERING how I can make this totally work in my classroom!! Talk about motivation LEVEL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Sarah Hetrick

Lauren Blackmon said...

Ok this might be the cutest and best thing I have seen so far for spelling test motivation. I was just saying the same thing to my grade level team this week. I told them I didn't think I could even walk around and watch them write the words anymore because I wanted to cry.

I will be using this for sure!!!!
Thanks -
Come share with me!

Amanda said...

It is funny that you posted this today - I was just grading my students' spelling tests and thinking YIKES! My 2nd graders could definitely use some motivation. I am SO excited to "borrow" your idea! I might even use it as an excuse to buy myself a new pair of slippers! ;)

For some reason it is saying I do not have permission to view your Google documents? Is anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome ideas!!!!

Megan said...

Great ideas!! I starting using Words Their Way because I've seen so many stressed out kids over spelling. This provides a more individualized list of words for kids based on their level.

Thanks for sharing :)
Blackboard and Beyond

Jen said...

What a great idea! Would love to know how it works as the school year progresses.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea. I would be curious to know how you are implementing it in kindergarten.
Thanks, Linda

Unknown said...

I'm having trouble exporting this to gdocs. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

Your site is fabulous!! I'm new to first grade next fall and your site is amazing!! You are a great help!

Vanessa said...

I can't tell you how much I love this idea! I teach special education and spelling tests can be VERY stressful! This is a fantastic way to relieve some stress and stir up some motivation! LOVE IT!

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