How Is It Spelled?

Scripture: I Samuel 28

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn it is wrong to use witchcraft as it gives power to someone other than God.
  • Students will learn Saul had stopped trusting in God and was desperate for anyone to tell him what he wanted to hear.
  • Students will learn God’s will does happen eventually, even if we don’t like it.
  • Students will practice sight words with irregular word pronunciations.

Guiding Question: How can students practice sight words?

Materials: Paper, pencils


Tell the story of King Saul and the Witch of Endor, being careful not to make it sound too scary. Explain that the fact that she could call up Samuel seemed to surprise even the “witch”. Tell students that today many people have carefully watched people who pretend to talk to dead people and/or tell the future and have realized that they use tricks and not real magic.

Introduce the activity. Explain that orally, sometimes words trick us because they break the normal phonics rules. Teach students how to spot and decode those tricky words Ex: eye, who, laugh, one, eight, where, heir, asthma, people, said, know, earth, friend, through. Have them create fun sentences to help them practice and remember irregular word pronunciations.

Additional Questions: How can students use games to practice sight words?

Supplemental Activity: Using the words that break the phonics rule, have students play review games with the words. Examples: get on the ground and rise up higher and higher with spelling each letter and jump at the end when you say the word, go “apple picking”, pick an “apple” for each letter and throw all the “apples” in the air when you say the word

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