Spelling worksheets always contain a list of words for a child to learn to spell. These words are often accompanied by an activity that defines the word and assists the child in committing its spelling to memory, while also teaching common spelling rules that the child uses when learning to spell similar words.
Many features of spelling worksheets are dependent upon the grade level of the student using the worksheet. For example, if the child is in first grade, the words are simpler and have fewer syllables. First grade worksheets often focus on the child's ability to sound the word out. Additionally, the student practices writing the word and using a dictionary to find the definition of the word. Some may also require that students learn to alphabetize all of the words in the list.
For more advanced students, the spelling words and the accompanying activities become more difficult. Children are still asked to define and alphabetize words, but some worksheets require the student to write a sentence that uses the word they have just learned. Other worksheets are organized around a specific theme, like homophones, compound words or words that contain a silent letter.
Another feature of some worksheets is multiple choice questions in which the child demonstrates her knowledge of correct spelling and correct usage of words.