The Bee is back for our 1st through 5th graders who would love to share their spelling skills!

 

 

WHAT? The Grand Ridge Spelling Bee! Each grade (1st-5th) has their own bee.  

 

WHO? Any actively enrolled 1st-5th grade student at Grand Ridge who is interested in participating. Register here by February 1 to receive the spelling bee study list! Only registered participants can receive the study list.

 

WHERE? Good Question! We would like the host the bees in-person at Grand Ridge; however, we will need to see what the health and school district guidelines are closer to the event date. The good news is that Zoom bees work well too, so that will be the back up if we can't gather in-person.

 

WHEN? February 8, 9 & 10, 2022 

 

WHY? Our bees are friendly competitions of oral spelling ability. It's a great opportunity for a student to build confidence speaking in front of a supportive audience. 

 

HOW? Participants will be given a word to spell and they will repeat the word, spell it, and repeat the word again. Each correctly spelled word earns a trip to the next round. The bee ends when there is just one speller remaining! There are three levels of words but especially at the older grades, we encourage kids to learn all 450 words to prepare for the school spelling bee although later rounds of the bee may include words not on the study list.  

  

The winner of the 5th Grade Spelling Bee will have the opportunity to represent Grand Ridge and compete for the local championship, if they wish to do so. The local championship is March 19, 2022 at 1:00pm at Town Hall, Seattle. The local championship may include both vocabulary and spelling words. They may decide to use the Scripps Spelling Bee online testing platform instead of an in-person event. More details will be available in early March.  

 

Questions?  Feedback?  Contact grspellingbee@gmail.com

 


Spelling Bee Rules - please review with your student in advance of the spelling bee!

 

Spelling Bee Materials

 

Tips

  • The spelling bee is intended to be a fun and friendly contest. We hope that every student will leave feeling proud to have participated.

  • It is natural to feel some disappointment when a student is eliminated. For kids who take disappointment especially hard, it may help to understand that there is an element of luck involved in a spelling bee. We have worked hard to ensure fairness by giving words of the same difficulty level in any given round. However, which specific word each student gets on their turn is a matter of luck.

  • Tips for Success from Scripps Site

    1. For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.

    2. Keep a "great words" journal for every new and interesting word that you find. 

    3. Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day. 

    4. For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee. 

    5. Do like Akeelah did: Spell and jump rope!

    6. Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words. 

    7. Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.

    8. Read great books. You'll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.

    9. Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.

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