Technology Evaluation – Spelling City

This week I decided to share Spelling City. This is an older site, but an amazing tool for your classroom. Personally my life is much easier since I started using it. I am a horrible speller, so it would take me hours to grade my students spelling tests. I have had a lot of success with Spelling City.

Spelling City has a Premium Membership Cost, I find it completely worth the cost, you can see the different feature available below. 

 

I use Spelling City as part of my Language Arts rotations. Each week I create a list aligned with our studies, and assign different activities with the test on Friday. I have found that taking spelling tests on the computer is much more successful for students. You get your results instantly since it is automatically graded, and students can test at their own pace. I also allow my students to go back and retake old tests to earn higher scores.

 

There are tons of activities and games available. Students can practice vocabulary as well. It makes spelling practice more engaging and it is very easy to differentiate lists of various skill level. Students can even create their own lists!

I cropped off my students names, but you can see an example of some of their scores from today. Our list was based on Fractions since that is our current math topic. I chose to sort this data by test results, but you can also see their data for games and activities. I have my account set to email me a spreadsheet of their test scores on Monday morning so it is easy to put in their grades. I have saved many hours of work by switching to Spelling City, and my class spelling grades have gone up!

9 thoughts on “Technology Evaluation – Spelling City”

  1. I was immediately interested in all the activity options students can choose from to enhance their knowledge! I love brain games. Are the words and definitions in this program and you choose which ones you use or do you import everything? I’m thinking this would be fun for music vocabulary. I was just curious if I would have to put in all the information myself.

  2. When you make your own list it automatically matches the words to parts of speech, pre-made definitions and sentences. You can also chose to create your own definition. It makes it really easy to add your lists.

  3. This looks like a great resource to incorporate cross curricular material. I love that it has lists organized by topic— I was just looking at the spelling lists for 6th grade and I immediately want to start incorporating the lists on figurative language! Thank you for writing about this!

  4. My kids use spelling city and they really enjoy it. One thing I can tell you as a parent and not as a teacher is that the students’ enthusiasm for use of this tool is directly related to the teacher’s enthusiasm. If you want your students to buy in to Spelling City you need to sell it.

  5. How does this work? Is it more like a game, or a test? I could see the students being excited about it if it seems more like a game.

  6. We also use spelling city in our school. It’s such a valuable resource. My daughter is in 1st grade and we’ve been able to log her in from home and practice her spelling words.

  7. Rachel – I am not a great speller either and I teach high school English – so ironic. I tell my students at the beginning of the year if they see a miss spelling on the board just point it out to me. I don’t take off for spelling unless it is a written paper – then if they didn’t pay attention to that red squiggly line, they lose points. I do find that my students don’t seem to have any “sound it out” abilities related to writing words down. I can see how this might be nice as a grade school teacher, although a pretty hefty price tag. Does your school pay for a certain number of apps? Do you teach spelling rules – i before e, except after c – that sort of thing? How many words a week do you assign on this? Thanks, Tracy

  8. I used SpellingCity when I taught first grade in Alaska and both my students and their parents loved it. It really helped my students and I loved how easy it was to set up. I can’t remember if I used the free version or if I paid for the upgrade. The district where I teach does not have spelling tests, but I definitely could use it for vocabulary in Math and Language Arts. I haven’t thought about it before now, but you got me thinking!

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