Spelling Bee Buzz!
B. Gasior & J. Galbreath, Gifted Resource Specialists
Resources for School Spelling Bees
School Spelling Bees in CCS
Spelling Bee Registration
REGISTER HERE AT SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE Early Bird Deadline is 10/16/17 - If you would like to hold a spelling bee at your school, be sure to register with Scripps so you have access to all the materials including word lists, pronouncer guides, study materials and tips as well as online resources. There is also an optional vocabulary component. Registration is quick and easy! THERE IS NO COST - ALL REGISTRATION FEES ARE COVERED BY THE OHIO LOTTERY.
These dates are ONLY if you would like your winning student to be eligible for participation in the Regional Spelling Bee at Ohio University. This is not required for you to have a competition at your school. If you would like your winner to take the online test, plan to hold your school bee prior to 1/16/17.
1/16/17 - Deadline to register school champion for the online test
1/18/17 - 50-item online test first becomes available
2/3/17 - Deadline to administer the 50-word online test
2/13/17 - School champion's online test results become available
2/13/17 - List of qualifying students emailed to enrolled schools
3/18/17 - Scripps College of Communication Regional Spelling Bee, Ohio University
Helpful Spelling Bee Resources
Classroom Level - Qualifying for the School Bee
Use this Classroom Spelling Test and Study List to see an example of how a spelling bee can easily be organized for grades 3-6. All word lists are updated with words from the 2016-17 pronouncer guides. Teachers provide the word list and students take a written test to qualify for the school bee. Or, teachers can work together to determine the top spellers from their grade level in a different way.
Spelling Bee Task Cards can be used to with any word list or to make a learning center.
School Spelling Bee
Suggestions - Preparing for the Spelling Bee
- Set a date for the school spelling bee - usually in December or early January. The deadline to register for the online test is 1/16/17.
- Distribute the Classroom Spelling Test and Study List to participating teachers. Include deadlines for administering the written test or choosing students for the school bee in another way - usually in December so students can study word lists over break.
- Gather names of top spellers from each grade and create a list (EXCEL) of participants.
- Provide participants with the School Bee Participant Letter and Study List. All word lists can be found at spellingbee.com. Meet with the students as a group to offer study tips and encouragement.
- Order trophies or ribbons for winning students (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place).
- Arrange for spelling bee judges and announcer (school support staff, principal, community volunteers, etc...) One announcer and 2-3 judges.
- Make a copy of the pronouncer guide and spelling rules for each judge and the announcer. Provide pencils. Suggestion: Use the CLASSROOM PRONOUNCER GUIDE for the school spelling bee and have the SCHOOL PRONOUNCER GUIDE on hand for extra words if necessary.
- Print participation certificates for each student.
- Print name tags with a number so students sit in numerical order on the stage.
- Invite parents, and participating classes to the school bee.
- Day of the bee - have students sit on stage in numerical order, set up judges table and microphone for announcer. Hold the spelling bee competition using the Spelling Bee Rules and guidelines in the pronouncer guide.
- More information can be found by registering at spellingbee.com.
Interesting Spelling Bee Facts
Why is a Spelling Bee Called a Bee?
feldenkrais - used for a system of aided body movements intended to increase body awareness and ease tension.
gesellschaft - a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons.
Now how is that for a challenge?!
Learn about the age ranges, grades, repeat participants and more! Can students research the statistics over time? Number of boys vs. girls? Number of siblings?