Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spelling City!

I've been busy preparing a literacy workshop that I will be presenting next week so I haven't been doing much blog stalking this month. I hope I didn't miss anything super spectacular! 

Anyways, I was given a membership to Spelling City in exchange for writing a review. I'm sure many of you have heard of it. I admittedly knew it existed but never gave it a try until recently and boy were my students missing out! 

Spelling City gives you the option of uploading your spelling lists so that your students can practice their words by playing fun games. The teacher can create a username and password for each child and a report keeps track of what the students are doing and their scores. I have 3 different spelling groups and it only takes me about 5 minutes each Friday to upload the new lists. 

Recently my school was given laptops so I sign out 3 laptops each day for my students to use during daily 5. Students who choose "word work" have the option of using the laptops for Spelling City. Inevitably, this has been a popular choice. Even with Spelling City's popularity, I have had NO interruptions to explain or help my students navigate the site. It's 100% user friendly for my second grade students. They even like it so much they sign into Spelling City from their home computers too!

My only con to Spelling City is that I wish I could designate my lists to specific students without "creating assignments." What I have done instead is I group my spelling lists and my students know what group they are in and where to find their current list. I just didn't like the idea of students and parents being able to look at the other lists, but thus far it has not been an issue. 

Spelling City can be utilized for free, however, for the great benefits and student tracking I would highly recommend purchasing an annual subscription. It's well worth it! 

Feel free to comment with questions or ways that you use Spelling City in your classroom :)



Erika said...

My kids love Spelling City!

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funMOteacher said...

My kiddos love to play Hang Mouse as a way to introduce the new spelling words each week. I just use the free sections of the site, but the benefits of the membership sound great! Thanks for the review!

GraGra said...

We also suggest that you look at ZooWhiz is our new, FREE online learning system for kids aged 5 - 15 that is proving to be very popular with kids, teachers and parents. It’s loads of fun and very educational

Jill said...

Hi1 I'm your newest follower. I teach 2nd grade in Idaho. If you get a chance come see me at my blog Tales from Second.

Have a wonderful day,

Mrs. Schroeder said...

I love how you grouped your spelling lists. I am going to have to get on that for next year:) I having been using in my 2nd grade classroom for years and just upgraded to the premium membership. I agree that it is totally worth it! My students use it during centers and also as homework. The games work perfectly on our smartboard too! Thanks for sharing your Spelling City ideas!
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