Do you like playing bingo? You can play bingo to win money or prizes, or as a fun way to learn information. You can also play bingo to help you learn how to spell new words.
The first thing you need to do to play spelling bingo is to make the bingo cards. Make simple grids on blank paper. They don't need to be very big, perhaps four squares going across and five squares going down. Four times five is twenty, so there will be twenty squares on your grid. Make the squares big enough so that you can write your spelling words inside them.
Playing the Game
Bingo was originally called beano! Players would mark their cards with dried beans and then yell “beano!” when they won. But one day, someone got so excited that they accidentally yelled “bingo” instead of “beano.” Not surprisingly, people liked the new name better!
Ask a few of your friends to join you, and have someone call out twenty spelling words. The spellers will need to randomly write the words in different squares without looking at each other's cards. Once everyone's grid is complete, it's time to play!
Check Once, Check Twice
Don't forget to spell check! Sometimes it's so easy to get carried away with the game that you forget to check spelling.
Instead of actually calling out the word, you'll get clues. For example, if one of the spelling words was they're, the clue might be, “This is the contraction for they and are.” Or, if the spelling word was Australia, the hint might be, “This is the smallest continent.” The bingo players will put down a marker, such as a dried bean or an M&M, when they hear the hint. The first person who fills in a line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally wins. Of course, they only win if they've spelled those words correctly!
Why Bingo Is Great
This game helps you practice writing your vocabulary words, and it helps you learn the definitions of the words. This is a great way to review homonyms and contractions. It's also a great activity when you are studying other topics, such as states. The clues could be the state capitals and you would have to mark the state.