Spelling Word Cheers

    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.
    • After you sound out each letter, splat out your hands and read the word out loud


    • Start at a whisper.
    • Get louder with each word and clap up in the air.
    • Explode when you say the word at the end and throw your hands up like fireworks.

    Marshmallow Mouth*

    • Pretend you put large marshmallows in your mouth. You have to say the words with a sticky mouth!

    Slow Motion

    • Hold the sound of each letter for a second or two.


    • Spin lasso around and read each word.
    • Pretend to rope a calf and pull in at the end when you say the word.
    • Pull the rope in and read the words in reverse order.

    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 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 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.

    Weight Lifter*

    • 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 you’re 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 Tigger’s 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 Hops*

    • Start crouching down
    • As you say each word, hop!

    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.

    Songs to Sing

    You sing the letters to the song as if they were the words to the song. Do the whole song since it reinforces the word more often. Point to the word on the word wall, or use flash cards.

    Songs for 3 Letter Words

    • This Old Man
    • Jingle Bells
    • Are You Sleeping? (C-A-N can)
    • Three Blind Mice

    Songs for 4 Letter Words

    • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • Skip to My Lou
    • YMCA
    • Are You Sleeping?

    Songs for 5 Letter Words

    • Skip to My Lou
    • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • You Are My Sunshine
    • BINGO ("There was a class that learned to spell; And this is what they

    Songs for 6 Letter Words

    • This Old Man
    • Jingle Bells
    • Happy Birthday
    • Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
    • The Farmer in the Dell
    • Skip to My Lou

    Songs for 7 Letter Words

    • She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes
    • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
    • Twinkle, Twinkle
    • Willoughby Wallaby Woo

    Songs for 8 Letter Words

    • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    • For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

    Songs for 9 Letter Words

    • I'm A Little Teapot