Are You a Smarty-Pants?!

53 min.

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Students will be able to understand the components of an academic competition.

Big Idea

What makes an academic competition?

*Pose the following questions: What makes a competition? What are the components of a competition?

*As a class, brainstorm a list of competitions.

*Categorize them with different highlights (athletic v. academic).

Read the Wonder: Have you ever been in a spelling bee?

Text to self connection writing:

*Does your school have any academic competitions? What kind of academic competition do you think you would be successful at? Why?

Host a mock spelling bee in your class! Multiple lists exist online for different grade levels. Set up a competition-style environment with podiums, points, rounds, etc to give students an opportunity to show off their spelling skills!