I was just reading an interesting article about how today’s students are not getting the explicit vocabulary instruction that they need to develop a strong working vocabulary. A great app (and website) to remedy this is VocabularySpellingCity.com. And here is a nifty video review of their app! The most popular learning activities are word unscramble, wordsearch, hangman, crossword puzzle, and the writing activities.
VocabularySpellingCity’s mission is to facilitate vocabulary development, phonics, and writing skills through a word study tool that allows for differentiated instruction while working with vocabulary and spelling word lists. The site is particularly useful in engaging struggling students, facilitating English language vocabulary skills with ESL students, building a school-home link, and simplifying teachers’ and parents’ administrative work.
A site that many homeschool parents, who like web-based resources, has discovered as the best way to deal with spelling time is SpellingCity.com. It’s free (mostly, there is a premium membership), full of useful activities and games, and has some great lists. I’ve been thinking of building a lot more literature based word lists.
Â How about this…Not only can you enter and save your own spelling list, not only can you take a spelling test online and play an array of different games using your list but you can now:
– use an amazing TeachMe that is great for visual learners. In fact, it evokes all the different learning modes and helps kids’ memories. It really helps teach spelling.
– print out your spelling list for copying over and handwriting practice.Â Right now, it’s just lower case cursive with that lined paper that we use to teach handwriting. But the site says that script, capitals, and other fonts and a variety of sizes will be out soon.Â