Keeping students engaged and focused as the end of the school year looms on the horizon has long been a struggle for teachers.
That’s why the second-grade team in the Camas School District came up with the idea of a spelling bee.
Helen Baller Elementary School teachers Lisa Webb and Ellen Doyle led the effort.
“It was a great way to celebrate getting to the end of the year and it helps kids to keep up their spelling and literacy,” Doyle said.
The teachers developed a list of practice spelling words and used the website, IQkids.com, which includes virtual spelling bees, to practice with their classrooms.
Then came the classroom contests. Of those, the top four students from each second-grade classroom competed at the school-wide level.