Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fun spelling practice website

Checkout SpellingTime.com, a great site for students in grades 1-5 to practice their spelling. Here's a description from the website:

Specifically, the program aims to:

  • Provide young learners with an interactive, enjoyable spelling tutorial

  • Simulate classroom test taking scenarios

  • Defeat test anxiety and build self confidence

  • Deliver early computer based learning experience

  • Improve typing skills

  • Remove from parents the weekly preparation and review obligations associated with the Friday spelling test

Teachers can set up a classroom account that will provide students with access from home or school. Then they can add words and sentences for the weekly spelling lists that students can practice in a variety of ways. The site even provides a sample permission slip for students and instructions on how the website is used.

Each day the students will use the site in a slightly different way. On Monday there is a pretest, Tuesday is a Hangman game, Wednesday is for word scrambles, and Thursday is a Pop Quiz. Friday through Sunday is called "reinforcement weekend". Students can also earn points to play some fun games at the end of their spelling practice.

Adobe Flash Player 9 and a high speed Internet connection are required. Parents can also set up an individual account for their children and enter their own wordlists.

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