Spelling Series: Hangman Spelling

Where The First Graders Are Spelling Series

Welcome back to the Spelling Alternatives for 1st Grade blog series! Here's a sneak peek at the entire series:


You know how sometimes you are walking through a store and something catches your eye that you absolutely don't need, but after you see it you have to have it? Well that's what happened to me at Dollar Tree and that's how I started using Hangman Spelling!

Hangman Spelling

Materials: 
-Magnetic Hangman game from Dollar Tree (or any other form of Hangman game)
-Alphabet Letters
-Crayon Box (for storage)
-Spelling List

How to Play:
This is a partner activity, so you will need two students to play.

Step 1: Player One chooses a spelling word from the list. 
Step 2: Player Two tries to guess the word one letter at a time.
Step 3: For each incorrect guess, Player One places a hangman piece on the board. 

Object of the Game: 
Player Two tries to guess the word correctly before all six hangman pieces are on the board.


Now, I assumed that this would be crazy easy for my students and they may have fun with it for a little while, but then they would be tired of it. Boy did I guess wrong. I was shocked at the number of my students that DID NOT make the connection that if our spelling pattern was "ce" words, then the first two letters they should guess was a "c" and an "e"!! I was totally shocked, but it provided me with some great teaching moments! AND this has easily become one of their favorite games at our spelling station. They even ask me to play it as an early finisher activity!


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