Learning how to teach valuable spelling lessons comes in many shapes and sizes. But, learning how to spell a word at an early age will set your students up for major success. One approach is to break the alphabet apart and study new words, letter by letter. Set a new letter for each day and embark on a new adventure! Below, you'll find some great words that start with B as well as some activities that'll ensure learning remains fun.
Making the "b" sound can be a lot of fun for little learners. Check out these B words for kids that'll kick start their affinity for basic spelling skills:
bat - a piece of equipment made of wood or metal used to hit a ball
bee - an insect that feeds on pollen and nectar
bet - to wager money
bid - to offer a certain sum of money for something
big - something large or grand in size
bun - a small roll made of bread dough
but - with the exception of
bye - an expression of farewell
Do you remember the days of tracing your letters along those little dotted lines? It's a precursor to success; it's the kind of activity where rote repetition pays off. Here's a Trace the Letter worksheet for the letter B:
First grade is a nice time to turn up the heat on your B words list. Here are some nice options to consider:
bag - a container that can store and carry items
bake - the act of cooking food with dry heat, like in an oven
balloon - rubber or plastic which can be filled with air or gas
band - a group of people working together, particularly in the field of music
bath - a container filled with water for washing
berry - a type of small fruit
boat - a vessel used to carry people or cargo on water
body - the physical part of a living thing
brave - having courage
button - a small disk used for fastening two parts of a garment
To help your students learn each of these words, consider creating a worksheet where they can match the word to the picture. Check out this list of Elementary School Most Commonly Misspelled Words for some challenging possibilities.
Second grade is an exciting time to introduce new sounds and letter blends, including "bought." Have some fun with these vocabulary words:
banana - a plant grown in tropical regions
banner - a sign or flag
blade - the cutting part of a tool
blueberry - a shrub bearing small, edible berries
bother - annoy, worry, or cause discomfort
bought - purchased
bread - a baked combination of flour and liquid
brownie - a small bar or dense, rich chocolate
bubble - a thin liquid that forms into a ball around air or gas
bulb - an underground bud of a plant
For words to stick in childrens' minds, they have to be able to associate these words with the real world. It's far more difficult to just memorize a list of words and definitions. As you practice each of the vocabulary words above, try bringing some props into the classroom.
Hold up a banana or blow some bubbles. Ask students to identify the appropriate vocabulary word, and then ask someone else to walk up to the board and write out the word properly.
This is a nice time to teach or reinforce the "i before e" concept. Sure enough, you can do it with a nice B word: "believe." Aside from that, here are a few more options:
been - the past tense of the verb "to be"
believe - to have confidence in the truth of something
between - the space between two points
birthday - the day on which you are born
bless - to protect or make holy
bold - prominent or fearless
border - an edge or dividing line
brief - short in length or lasting only a short time
brilliant - someone or something that is very bright
build - to construct, create, establish, or put together
Below, you'll find an activity that's great for building anticipation. It's a colorful spinner you can print out. Work through each of the words above. After you announce the word, based on where the spinner lands, students can either define it, spell it, offer a synonym for it, act it out, use it in a sentence, or draw a picture.
How about some of those double letters. Why does "baggage" double that first G? And how about "blossom"? To help reinforce the concept, take a quick look through Words with Double Letters. Then, enjoy making a B word study list for fourth graders with these winners:
baggage - suitcases or backpacks a person uses when traveling
basic - something essential
began - having started something
benefit - something that will provide an advantage
bland - lacking in flavor
blend - to combine things
blossom - a flower or group of flowers
bridge - a structure connecting two sections of land
budge - to move or change something a little
burrow - to dig a hole
A fun way to encourage students to remember important vocabulary words is to ask them to draw one of the words. Give them some "free draw" time to select one of their vocabulary words on a sheet of paper.
All that's required is paper, crayons, and a pencil. Perhaps they'll need a ruler, depending on the vocabulary word. Then, you can staple their artwork to a piece of construction paper. For this list, "baggage" or "blossom" might be a nice option.
Fifth grade is a nice time to instill a love of reading in your students. It's the best way to build their vocabulary and reinforce the spelling skills they've learned thus far. Introduce some new concepts with these vocabulary words:
bamboozle - to confuse, deceive, or cheat by trickery
banquet - an elaborate dinner
barren - someone or something not fruitful
beacon - a person or thing that guides or warns
beautiful - having qualities that are pleasing
beneficial - something that has a positive effect
beverage - something you drink
blizzard - an intense snowstorm
boisterous - something noisy, loud, and rowdy
blunder - a foolish mistake
boycott - to not buy or use products in a show of support for a cause
burden - a worry, sadness, or responsibility that is carried
A good ol' fashioned spelling bee might be a fun way to challenge your students and work up a bit of their competitive spirit. Line up your students, ask each of them to spell a new word. When they get one wrong, they can return to their seat. Encourage them to stay engaged in the bee, or allow them to read a book while the competition continues. Keep going around and around until there's a winner.
With the right coaching, we can set little learners up for success from the days of preschool. In fact, the earlier students get excited over small victories like spelling the word "bee," the more they'll seek out those opportunities. If you'd like to bolster this B word adventure, take a look at these Free Spelling Printables. They also offer several tips to help you teach spelling consistently and effectively.