• Word Wall Cheers

                                                    Great ways to practice spelling words!





    Movie Star Kisses
    • Put hands to your mouth
    • Through each letter a kiss, like Marilyn Monroe at the Oscars.
    • Sing the letters in opera fashion
    Fly Like a Bird
    • Arms flapping up and down
    • Arms folded up to make wings and head moving forward and back. 
    • Hold your nose and spell it
    Beat It
    • Beat it out on the desk
    Cheer It
    • Like a cheerleader (Give me an "h", etc)
    Snap and Clap
    • Snap the vowels
    • Clap the consonants
    • One hand open, the other closed
    • Pound hands together like you would pound a difficult bottle of ketchup.
    Explosion (Volcano)
    • Start at a whisper.
    • Get louder with each letter.
    • Explode when you say the word at the end.
    Marshmallow Clap
    • Almost like a clap but you stop just before the hands touch for each letter.
    Slow Motion
    • Hold the sound of each letter for a second or two.
    Ride'm Cowboy
    • Straddle the back of the chair.
    • Spin lasso around for each letter.
    • Pretend to rope a calf and pull in at the end when you say the word.
    Deep Voice
    • Say the letters and word in a deep voice.
    Mouse Talk
    • Squeaky voice with hands curled up by face
    Scream It / Whisper It
    • Scream the letters and the word
    • Followed by whisper the letters then the word (whisper seems to settle the group group down after being silly from the scream).
    In The Seat or Standing Up
    These cheers can be done with students sitting or might be more fun when done standing up.
    Hand Jive
    • Pair children up.
    • Children clap hands together for consonants and lap clap for vowels.
    • Put hands in the air at the end as you say the word. 
    Raise the Roof
    • Push up toward the ceiling, one push for each letter.
    • Pretend to be John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (If you're old enough to know what I am talking about)
    • Hand starts at stomach for each letter
    • Hand up for consonants
    • Hand down for vowels 
    Throw the Stars
    • Throw one hand at a time up toward the ceiling for each letter.
    Mexican Hat Dance
    • Alternate feet in front.
    Flapping & Nodding
    • Pretend you you are a bird and flap your wings, while nodding your head for each letter. 
    • Stomp out each letter with your foot. 
    • Hang on to the pretend handle bars and do wheelies for each letter.
    Dribble and Shoot
    • Dribble the letters and shoot the word.
    • Pretend to have a yo-yo in each hand.
    • Each time the yo-yo goes down say a letter.
    • Do a loop-the-loop for when you say the word at the end.
    • You might want to add some sound effects to this one.
    Pumping Iron
    • Pretend to be lifting weights, one rep for each letter.  You must strain to get each letter up.
    • Pretend to mount the barbell on the stand and sound exhausted as you say the word at the end.
    Imaginary Chalkboard 
    • Children pretend a chalkboard is in front of them.
    • Write each letter on the chalkboard.  Make the letters large.
    • When your finished with each word you can pretend to erase it.
    • Note:  If teacher is leading from the front of the room he/she will have to form letters backwards.
    Apple Picking
    • Pretend to pick an apple from the tree and put it in the basket.
    • Pretend to pick up the basket when you saw the word at the end.
    • Use a robotic voice, with arms moving back and forth ("Danger! Danger! Will Robinson" style)
    Tigger Bounce
    • Just do what Tiggers do best - bounce.  Bounce up and down for each letter. 
    Alligator Clap
    • Hold arms straight out with our fingers curled to
      make the teeth 
    • Open and close arms, clapping our hands together for each letter 
    Standing Up
    These cheers are done standing up and might require some room to move about.
    Blast Off
    • Start crouched at floor 
    • As you say each letter get a little higher
    • Jump into the air at the end as you say the word
    Frog Jumps
    • Start standing up.
    • As you say each letter crouch down a little farther.
    • Jump into the air at the end as you say the word.
    Back Tracer
    • Trace the letter on the back of the person in front of you.
    • This is best done in a circle. Then everyone has a back to trace on.
    • Note: This is also a common strategy in teaching dyslexic children- so they can feel the letter.
    Pat It
    • Pat heads for tall letters
    • Pat tummies for short letters
    • Pat knees for letters that extend below the baseline
    Box It
    • Pretend to be a boxer
    • One punch for each letter
    Be the Letter
    • Sort of like doing the YMCA song. 
    • Hands on hips.
    • Swivel for each letter.
    • Hands in the air at the end when you say the word.
    Jumping Jacks
    • One letter for each movement
    Toe Touches
    • One letter for each toe touch.
    Batter Up
    • Getting into a batting position
    • Take a swing for each letter
    • One push-up for each letter. 
    • Throw each letter out Frisbee style  
    At the Mound
    • Pretend to be a pitcher at the mound and pitch out each letter.
    • Pretend to watch the last pitch get hit as you say the word at the end.
    Lumber Jack
    • Pretend to swing an ax for each letter.
    • Pretend the tree is falling down at the end and say the word the way a lumberjack would saw TIM-BER!
    Surfin' & Spellin'
    • Start out by getting on a surf board, 
    • Sing:  "Let's go spellin' now, everybody's
      learning how, come and spell it with me!"  
    • Then while we're surfing we say the
      letters of the word!  
    The Swim
    • Swim the letters.
    • Hold your nose and go down at the end when you say the word.