Word Wall CheersGreat ways to practice spelling words!Movie Star Kisses
- Put hands to your mouth
- Through each letter a kiss, like Marilyn Monroe at the Oscars.
Fly Like a Bird
- Sing the letters in opera fashion
- 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 out on the desk
Snap and Clap
- Like a cheerleader (Give me an "h", etc)
- Snap the vowels
- Clap the consonants
- One hand open, the other closed
- Pound hands together like you would pound a difficult bottle of ketchup.
- Start at a whisper.
- Get louder with each letter.
- Explode when you say the word at the end.
- Almost like a clap but you stop just before the hands touch for each letter.
- Hold the sound of each letter for a second or two.
- 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.
- Say the letters and word in a deep voice.
Scream It / Whisper It
- Squeaky voice with hands curled up by face
In The Seat or Standing UpThese cheers can be done with students sitting or might be more fun when done standing up.Hand Jive
- 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).
Raise the Roof
- 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.
- Push up toward the ceiling, one push for each letter.
Throw the Stars
- 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
Mexican Hat Dance
- Throw one hand at a time up toward the ceiling for each letter.
Flapping & Nodding
- Alternate feet in front.
- Pretend you you are a bird and flap your wings, while nodding your head for each letter.
- Stomp out each letter with your foot.
Dribble and Shoot
- Hang on to the pretend handle bars and do wheelies for each letter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Just do what Tiggers do best - bounce. Bounce up and down for each letter.
Standing UpThese cheers are done standing up and might require some room to move about.Blast Off
- Hold arms straight out with our fingers curled to
make the teeth
- Open and close arms, clapping our hands together for each letter
- 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
- 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.
- 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 heads for tall letters
- Pat tummies for short letters
- Pat knees for letters that extend below the baseline
Be the Letter
- Pretend to be a boxer
- One punch for each 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.
- One letter for each movement
- One letter for each toe touch.
- Getting into a batting position
- Take a swing for each letter
- One push-up for each letter.
At the Mound
- Throw each letter out Frisbee style
- 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.
Surfin' & Spellin'
- 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!
- 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!
- Swim the letters.
- Hold your nose and go down at the end when you say the word.