Spelling Bee


We hope you will take the time to prepare your students, hold your local competitions, and bring your winners to compete. Here is some basic information to get your started…

Important Dates:

  • Fall 2016: Plan and organize your school’s spelling bee.
  • Friday, November 4th: Last day to register for the Chicago Spelling Bee
  • Saturday, December 10th: Concept School’s Spelling Bee

Basic Information:

  • The Chicago spelling bee is divided into two group competitions, 3rd -5th grade division and the 6th-8th grade division.
  • Each school may send one first place and one second place winners from each division (3rd-5th) and (6th-8th). Your alternate may attend the spelling bee but does not participate (unless one of your 1st or 2nd place winner cannot compete.)
  • You must register names/information of your school’s division winners (1st and 2nd place winners) and one alternate. Please use the Google Doc form to register your winners by Friday, November 4th.


Online Registration Form:

Spelling Bee 2016 Registration

  • Note: Travel and lodging is up to each school to arrange individually.
  • Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. this year!
  • Note: More details related to the Chicago event will be forthcoming and posted on the Concept Schools main website. (conceptschools.org)


For questions or information, contact

Jennifer Sajovec (sajovec@conceptschools.org) or Jennifer Barnes (jbarnes@conceptschools.org).

Preparing Your School for your Local Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Resources Folder 2016

A.  Above is a link to Google Drive folder where you will find PDF’s for 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade called “The Spelling Bee Toolbox” from Ann Fisher (a vendor who Concept Schools regularly uses for their word lists.) Please note that these are “practice lists” and not the actual lists that will be used for our network bee.

B. Consider these suggestions as ways to prepare your students for competition:

  1. Competitions. Set a start time and, if you open it up to other schools in your area, stick to your start time with no exceptions.
  2. Order of Spellers. Have students line up in alphabetical order by grade level. Progress from 3rd through 5th, and then 6th through 8th.
  3. Student Numbers. Students are in alphabetical order and the first last name with letter A would be 1. For example, 301 for 3rd grade, 401 for 4th grade, etc.
  4. Awards. In your school based spelling bees, have a 1st place champion and a 2nd place runner up for each division. Those two students will represent your school in Chicago. You may also determine an alternate/3rd place winner who may also attend in Chicago as an alternative. The alternate will only participate if either your 1st or 2nd place winner in that division cannot compete. Offer certificates, trophies, and money. If multiple students at the same division went out at the same time, offer a spell-off until there is a single division winner. To promote team work, allow students to earn one point for getting a word correct in round one, two points for getting a word correct in round two, etc. at the end of the spelling bee add up the student points for each grade level (some cases school) and divide the points by the total number of students participating. The highest average wins a team trophy. A similar approach will be used in Chicago.

C. Some additional resources for spelling words:

  1. myspellit.com
  2. http://www.educationworld.com/a_special/spelling_activities.shtml
  3. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/06/10-activities-to-help-your-students.html#.U9kvMPldVZs
  4. http://www.spelling-words-well.com/spelling-bee-words.html

D.Idea Bank for School Programs and Classroom Instruction:

  1. Great ideas for building student interest and including spelling in classroom instruction are also include in the Google Drive, Spelling Bee Resources.