Spanish Spelling Bee at W.M. Irvin Elementary
So an idea was born...an Annual Spanish Spelling Bee at W.M. Irvin Elementary school!
I immediately shared the idea with our technology facilitator, Crystal Turney, who was very supportive and joined me plan our very first competition.
We made the announcement and invited all students in grades 3 to 5 to participate. We were very surprised with the response since we had never done it before; students didn't know what to expect but they were curious about it.
Our 2017 competition was such a great success that we decided to do it again in 2018! This year, of course, we had a lot more students to participate. We had three rounds of eliminations before getting to the finals. We had 17 students in the finals!!! All students were very well prepared and super excited to participate.
A fun way to practice the last two weeks leading to the big day is by cutting out all the words in strips and crumble up each word. Students take turns picking out an unknown word and spell it out loud.
P.S. students are allowed to write the word before spelling it. I provide dry erase boards and markers during practice days.
The logistic behind this event is to provide an opportunity for our English learners to demonstrate their language asset. We want our students to know that being bilingual is very important.
Our greatest joy is watching our students being so proud representing their grade level.
Watch our 2018 competition in the youtube video below.
Local Press appearances
Perez crowned Spanish Spelling Bee winner for second year
Elementary school holds first Spanish Spelling Bee
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