1. I work really hard to make spelling (even the tests) fun in my room.
2. I want my students to be prepared for 2nd grade (where they will all be expected to take weekly spelling tests).
3. Data is good. It helps me plan instruction and intervention.
Before we take our first spelling test, I read Fancy Nancy Splendid Speller to the class. This story covers everything from "eyes on your own paper" to "I'm going to be happy if you try your best". My students loved this story and I love Fancy Nancy (a win-win)!
How about the fun part? I invite my students to wear Super Spelling Slippers during the test each week. Wearing Super Spelling Slippers is completely optional for my students. Many students who chose to wear them have reported that they feel like they have extra spelling power with their Super Spelling Slippers on during the test. I also wear my own Super Spelling Slippers during the test each Friday.
Here is a picture of some of the Super Spelling Slippers in my room this year.
It's all about how much fun you make it. :)