Creative ways to practice spelling words:
1) Rainbow words - use different colors of crayons to write the words - red on top of yellow, on top of blue, etc.
2) Shaving cream words - write the words in shaving cream on the bathroom wall or a table
3) Write them on someone's back
4) Write pyramid words w
5) Write them backwards
Spelling tests are important because we can see the application of student phonics skills. We teach a specific sound or sound pattern and all the words for that week will include that either at the beginning or end of the word. There is also a bonus word that helps the kids learn more words they can use in their writing.
I don't want these kids to be Friday spellers! We incorporate the words into word study and workstation work each week so they will retain that knowledge down the line. One of my students from last year can still spell "beautiful" - hopefully she will be able to use that in her writing and spell it correctly.