I do not believe that giving students a list of words and telling them to memorize it for a test is super effective. I think this spelling activity would encourage students to make relationship to the words, while reinforcing some vocabulary as well.
Word work ideas: each pencil case has a different way to practice spelling words. Spelling words houses in one locations. Students choose word list, grab a pencil case, and practice words. Only have to change the word lists.
Add some humor to spelling practice by using funny voices to spell. Roll and Spell free printable. language arts....wow! I could have SOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun playing this!! Would be awesome 'whole-group' circle activity, as well as for small-group!