Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FREE Spelling Menu

Have you ever used a menu in your classroom for center work or to differentiate learning for students? I first learned about them on this site...Dare to Differentiate. This site alone is worthy of a BLOG post.  Be sure to check it out.

So how does a teacher use a menu in the classroom? They can be used for a lot of subjects/centers. They help teachers get to happy hour on Friday nights rather than having to stay at work making new centers! Every teacher loves that right? Menus (just like in a restaurant) don't change often, but there is enough variety that students have plenty of choices for how to do their work. The choices/menu items can be differentiated by difficulty (or calorie count- ha).

The example I am sharing with you is of a Spelling Menu. The words change each week, but the ways for students to practice them can be set up menu style- and therefore last a month! Happy Hour anyone?

You can get this free in my NEW Teachers Pay Teachers store. Yes, I finally did it! I want someday to make really cute stuff that is worth a buck or two, but until then, I will be giving things away for FREE! Under one condition- you have to "follow" my store if you get the download? Deal? What are you waiting for... go to my TpT store!


  1. I love happy hour!

    I'm so glad you finally did it! I cannot wait for all of the goodies that will be in your TPT store.

    I love the idea of a spelling menu. Right now, my reading centers seem crazy. There is no choice involved (which I hate!) And I stay late at school trying to keep everything organized and "new".

    I will be trying this out in January.

    1. Yep, Frizz... It has been done! So let's brainstorm a reading menu. What materials do you have in your Reading Center?
      Read a newspaper.
      Read a travel brochure.
      Read a poem.
      Read an animal book.


      Read with a partner.
      Read with a stuffed animal.
      Read with glasses on.
      Read with a flashlight.
      Read with a hat on.

      You make it! Blog about it! And link to me! :)

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your TpT page quote: Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still. It is the story of me this year.

    1. Hi Anonymous... I heard that quote a few years ago and have always loved it! Doesn't matter how small the steps are... just keep walking! :) I love your comment. Thanks!


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