Ustar Spelling Bee Prep Club
In this club, learners will have a chance to show their spelling skills while participating in a fun and light-hearted competition. We use the Spelling Bee word list to help prepare learners for any future formal competitions they would like to participate in. The Spelling Bee will be judged according to the number of words spelled correctly. We will not eliminate learners when a word is misspelled. This is to ensure everyone can participate throughout the entire class. Learners will also be given words from the level selected by the parent (see below). Our goal is to help your learner practice their spelling and public speaking skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Although a winner will be declared at the end of each class, the focus is more on encouraging everyone to be able to speak up and speak clearly in any situation.
To help students gain proficiency in their spelling skills
1) Challenge students each week with a few tough words. Write the words on the board at the beginning of each week and discuss their meanings. Include these difficult words on the weekly spelling quiz and in other written assignments. Use words from the list of well.com and/or from the dictionary.
2) Ask students to contribute the challenge words. Assign a different pair of students each week to find 5 difficult words. At the beginning of each week, the pair can do a brief oral presentation in which they write the words on the board and explain their meaning.
3) Review common spelling rules with students.
4) Give students extra written practice with difficult words. Reading and writing are essential experiences, especially for visual learners.
5) Frequently review commonly misspelled words such as separate, occasionally, achieve, and definitely.
To help students gain confidence in spelling aloud
1) Conduct frequent, brief oral quizzes. At the beginning or end of a class period, use just a minute or two for “popcorn” quizzes. Randomly call out a student’s name and a spelling word. For example, say “Rachel, organize.” Rachel pops up and spells organize. If she’s incorrect, call on the student seated behind her, “Ali, organize.,” and so on. This not only gives frequent practice, it motivates students to study the weekly spelling words.
2) Ask students to do oral reading, oral math, or any kind of oral presentation from their seats and especially in front of the class.
Spelling Bee Book List
1. Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans by Markus Motum
2. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan
3. It Fell from the Sky by The Fan Brothers
1. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
2. Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too! by Maggie P. Chang
3. The Book No One Wants to Read by Beth Bacon
1. Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
2. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales by Virginia Hamilton
3. Judy Moody: Book Quiz Whiz by Megan McDonald
Spelling Bee Book List
1. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
2. The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason
3. Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke
1. Welcome to Dweeb Club by Betsy Uhrig
2. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia L. Smith
3. Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt
1. Root Magic by Eden Royce
2. Fast Pitch by Nic Stone
3. Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
Spelling Bee Book List
1. The Wonderling by Mira Bartók
2. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
3. Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza
1. Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott by Liz Rosenberg
2. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
3. The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
4. Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
5. Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
6. Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
$100 per month (4 clases, once a week, 1 hour per class)
$160 per month (8 classes, twice a week, 1 hour per class)
Zelle pay to firstname.lastname@example.org (online class), email@example.com (onsite class)
Pay by credit card (3% fee applied)
Ustar One Bee Sample Lesson and Practice ⤋
Wide (adjective) 1: covering a large area <the whole wide world > 2: measured across <cloth 40 feet wide >
Last (adjective) 1: following all the rest in time or place <the last one out > 2: being the only one remaining <last dollar >
Sprung (verb, past tense of spring) 1: to appear or grow quickly <the weeds sprung up overnight > 2: to move suddenly forward or upward <a lion sprung onto our path >
China (noun) 1: dishes of pottery or porcelain for use as tableware
China (geographical name) 1: country E Asia; capital, Beijing
Bonnet (noun) 1: a child’s or woman’s hat tied under the chin by ribbons or strings
Wallet (noun) 1: a small flat folding pocketbook with compartments (as for coins, paper money, and cards)
Part (noun) 1: one of the pieces into which something can be divided
Well (noun) 1: a hole made in the earth to reach a natural deposit (as of water, oil, or gas) 2: free or recovered from ill health <he’s not a well man >
Zoomed (verb, past tense of zoom) 1: to speed along with a loud low hum or buzz <the car zoomed down the highway >
Stopped (verb, past tense of stop) 1: restrain, prevent < he stopped me from going > 2: to halt the movement of <she stopped the car >
Rodeo (noun) 1: an exhibition featuring cowboy skills (as riding and roping)
Focus (noun) 1: adjustment (as of the eye or binoculars) for clear vision <bring into focus > 2: (verb) to cause to be concentrated <focus attention on a problem >
1.The neighborhood has __________ streets and two public parks.
2. He was the __________ one in line.
3. She __________ up and grabbed the cookies.
4. The cabinet held fine __________, crystal and silverware.
5. My grandma wore a bright yellow __________ on her head to the picnic.
6. Alex paid for his ticket and tucked the __________ inside his suit jacket.
7. I was in a hurry, so I only had time to eat a __________ of my sandwich.
8. The water from the __________ tasted like iron.
9. They got in the car and __________ away.
10. She was walking toward me, then she suddenly __________.
11. __________ riders are proud to show off their trophies.
12. You should adjust the projector’s __________ so that it is as sharp as possible.