Spelling Aerobics Lesson Idea

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Spelling Aerobics
Submitted by Catherine from Florida
Fifth Grade Teacher

A fun break for older kids is to use spelling aerobics. When spelling a word they reach their hands over their head for a tall letter that when written extends above the line: (b, d, f, h, k, l, t), put hands on hips for middle letters written in between the lines: (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z), and stretch toward their toes for letters that fall below the lines when written: (g, j, p, q, y).   The students love the physical activity.

Example: finally - hands would: up, hips, hips, hips, up, up, toes.
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Submitted by Kelly from Ontario, Canada
Grade 1 Teacher

I love to have the children cheer the words as cheerleaders would, do jumping jacks for each letter, do the can-can dance, and karate chops.  Anything that gets the kids out of their desks and moving.  We also spell our words while in lines during transitions.

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Submitted by Melisa from Valdosta
First Grade Student Teacher

A way to teacher spelling is to do spelling areobics. Every letter is a dip, unless the letter has a hanger (g,y,p,q, etc.) then you touch the floor, and for letters that have a line sticking straight up (d, b, l, etc) you raise your arms. Kids getting really into this because they like movement and it helps them remember how to spell the words so they can keep up with the aerobics!
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Webmaster note:  Many children learn best by getting up and moving around!  Thanks to Melisa, Kelly, and Catherine for these awesome ideas!
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