I stumbled upon Vocabulary Spelling City last school year around the 2nd nine weeks and used it for most of the school year. As the summer is coming to an end, I started thinking about what I wanted to keep going as far as technology tools for this coming school year and Vocabulary Spelling City came to mind.
Vocabulary Spelling City is a website designed for teachers and students to practice spelling and vocabulary. Teachers can sign up for a free or premium membership. Either one allows you to post custom spelling lists and store them for students to access at any time. Several of my students used the site at home for their nightly spelling homework. Along with each spelling list you create comes a variety of games and activities tailored with your specific list. Many of the activities are printable, allowing you to send them home or work in class offline. The premium membership lets you give each student a login. Then you can track their progress and activity.
I actually enjoyed a lot of the features that it had to offer like customizable spelling lists, interactive games and printable activities. Last year the kids went to the site every once in a while, mostly to play HangMouse! This year I was considering putting a computer in the Word Work and Writing station, and requiring students to log in and complete activities during the week. I mostly used the printable activities as spelling homework or morning work (especially the handwriting worksheets!).
One thing that I really liked about it was the ability for students to take their spelling test online at their own pace. I would send a few kids over to the computer to take their spelling test and when they were done, they printed out a certificate or scorecard that gave their grade. This allowed me to give different spelling tests to different students simultaneously! And before you start thinking that I must have had a huge classroom computer station or lab access, I did this with just 3 computers. I gave the students an order to follow and they switched out!
Overall the activities are well thought out and the printing options are nice, especially since the basic account is FREE! This year I am excited to try out the premium membership and will definitely post an update after I’ve had a chance to work with it.So give Vocabulary Spelling City a shot and see how it works out in your classroom! Be sure to comment below to let us know how it works for you in your class!