Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Purposeful Designs
Spelling Resources
 
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Learning Activities and Games—Instructional games, worksheets, and activities.
 
Grades 1–3

Between the Lions: On-line spelling and reading games, printables, songs, and stories based on the PBS Kids television program. Includes Gawain’s Word, a spelling patterns game and Pounce, a word identification game.

Enchanted Learning:
Printable and on-line versions of picture dictionaries available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The on-line version organizes words by beginning sounds and includes a printable activity or worksheet for most entries. $20 annual subscription is required to access PDF versions of books and worksheets.

HeidiSongs: Teacher-created lyrics and movements set to familiar children’s tunes help students master spellings of common sight words, colors, and homonyms. Descriptions, audio samples, and downloadable handmotions can be viewed by clicking on the following links: Sing and Spell 1, Sing and Spell 2, and Sing and Spell 3. Recommended Resource CD allows teachers to reproduce materials for individual classroom use.
 
Reading A–Z: The website has more than 2,500 downloadable books (including English, Spanish, and French versions) and thousands of teaching and learning materials.

Educational Resources, Board Games, and More: A classroom teacher shares her education and skills with Kids Games, and Fun Games. So lets play games!

Starfall: An on-line collection of entertaining, animated, and educational mini-movies, leveled stories, games, and seasonal activities that covers letter sounds, sight words, word families, digraphs, vowels, and more. While reading the stories, children can click on an unfamiliar word to hear it sounded out and read aloud.

Word Family Activity Book: A resource book of games and reproducibles teaching fifty word families, including flash cards, activity mats, word wheels, bingo, and concentration. Mary Rosenberg; Scholastic; 2001.

Grades 4–6

A Feast of Homonyms:
On-line games featuring common homonyms, including concentration, matching, word search, and flash cards.

Funbrain Kids Center: Free on-line word games such as Spell Check, Spellaroo, and Scramble-Saurus with varying levels of difficulty that help players improve their spelling and grammar skills.

Merriam-Webster Word Central: On-line source of word-related activities, including traditional and rhyming dictionaries, word-of-the-day, and a fun code-maker.

SuperKids Vocabulary Builders: On-line and printable games emphasizing word building, vocabulary, and spelling skills. Includes hangman, create-your-own word searches and word scramblers, word of the day, and more.

Tunes That Teach Spelling: CD and song sheets with twelve fun songs that teach spelling patterns, silent letters, homophones, and more. CD can be purchased by clicking on The Scholastic Store link at the right side of the page, and then typing Tunes That Teach Spelling in the search box to locate product.

Grades 1–6

Balanced Reading Graphical Organizers:
 A collection of printable graphic organizers, including storyboard, Venn diagram, KWL, cluster, and more.

English Avenue: A resource of phonics, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and reading activities, worksheets, games, and more. Includes word searches, crosswords, easy readers, and printable card and board games. Free sample activity pages available. $39.95 annual membership required.

Family Education: Printable word searches, puzzles, word banks, vocabulary lists, and more, many of which feature popular children’s stories. Links to printable activities and graphic organizers, including KWL charts and Venn diagrams can be found.

Lakeshore Learning Material:
Products designed with learning in mind.

Look, Cover, Write & Check: An interactive, on-line spelling game that allows players to practice their own list of spelling words or use the provided words that follow specific spelling patterns. Players first study a word, and then try to type the correct spelling while the word is covered.

Many Things English Vocabulary: On-line spelling-related games, puzzles, quizzes, and word lists suitable for ESL and native English speakers.

Oz Read and Spell: On-line, kid-friendly movies contain explanations and examples of the basic knowledge for developing reading fluency and comprehension, including sounds, letters, words, and spelling. On-screen words in the movies are highlighted and read aloud.

S.C.O.R.E. Activity Bank: Printable graphic organizers, journals, logs, and rubrics. Includes directions for students and teacher.

Spelling It Right:
 Printable and on-line spelling games, including hangman, word searches, and puzzles.

Spin and Spell: An interactive, on-line game providing spelling practice for over two hundred everyday words. Players click on a picture to hear its name, and then try to correctly spell the word by clicking letters on a spinning wheel.

Teacher’s Corner: Seasonal and subject-specific word searches and word scrambles. Use either the pre-made printables or create your own wheel providing consonants and vowels. Clue cards provided. Uses weekly spelling list.

Wheel of Words Game: Classroom spelling game with an interactive spinning wheel. Players try to guess the mystery word by spinning. Game available from Lakeshore.

Auditory Learners-Grades 1–3

Phonemic Awareness Listening Lottos:
 Beginning, rhyming, and ending sounds practice for up to four students at a time. Includes verbal directions for activities on CD or cassette tape and lotto cards with pictures. Lotto activities can be purchased individually or as a set from Lakeshore.

Phonemic Awareness Songs and Rhymes: CDs and activity books of seasonal songs and rhymes that teach important phonemic awareness skills, each sung to a familiar children’s tune. Includes related reproducibles. CDs and activity books (fall, winter and spring) can be purchased individually or as a set from Educational Record Center.

Starfall: An on-line collection of entertaining, animated, and educational mini-movies, leveled stories, games, and seasonal activities that covers letter sounds, sight words, word families, digraphs, vowels, and more. While reading the stories, children can click on an unfamiliar word to hear it sounded out and read aloud.

Auditory Learners-Grades 1–6

Dr. Aardsma’s Spelling Drills: A CD-ROM program that uses a human voice to provide spelling practice of almost eight thousand words. Each word is given in the context of a sentence. Computer adjusts level of difficulty based on the responses of individual. CD-ROMs can be purchased from Timberdoodle Company.

Alphamation Animated Alphabet: A CD-ROM program that demonstrates how to correctly form each letter of the alphabet, available in both manuscript and cursive. Each letter is formed stroke by stroke with accompanying verbal directions. Can be used with individual students or the whole class. CD-ROM can be purchased through Universal Publishing.

Musical Spelling Rules:
On-line music, words, downloadable midi files, and printable sheet music to help students master spelling rules. Music and links to lyrics and midi files can be found at Garden of Praise website.

Visual Learners-Grades 1–3

Phonics Sounds Overhead Tiles: Using these color-coded phonics tiles, teachers can lead the entire class in word-building and phonics activities with ideas from the included teacher’s guide. Grouped by consonants, blends, vowel pairs, digraphs, vowels, and r-controlled vowels. Set of tiles can be purchased from Lakeshore.

Starfall:
An on-line collection of entertaining, animated, and educational mini-movies, leveled stories, games, and seasonal activities that covers letter sounds, sight words, word families, digraphs, vowels, and more. While reading the stories, children can click on an unfamiliar word to hear it sounded out and read aloud.

Visual Learners-Grades 1–6
 
Alphamation Animated Alphabet:
A CD-ROM program that demonstrates how to correctly form each letter of the alphabet, available in both manuscript and cursive. Each letter is formed stroke by stroke with accompanying verbal directions. Can be used with individual students or the whole class. CD-ROM can be purchased through Universal Publishing.

Kinsthetic Learners-Grades 1–3

Sight-Word Tactile Cards: Seventy five of Fry’s sight words on flash cards in increasing difficulty. Children not only see the words, but can touch and trace the textured letters for additional tactile reinforcement. Sets of leveled cards can be purchased individually or as a set from Lakeshore.

Kinsthetic Learners-Grades 4–6

Mini Word Spin:
Hands-on spelling practice using magnetic alphabet spinning wheels. Each letter on the wheels has a numeric value. Players earn points by spinning the wheels to make words. Available through Timberdoodle Company.

ESL Students-Grades 1–3

Enchanted Learning: Printable and on-line versions of picture dictionaries available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The on-line version organizes words by beginning sounds and includes a printable activity or worksheet for most entries. An annual subscription is required to access PDF versions of books and worksheets.

ESL Students-Grades 1–6

Activities for ESL Students: On-line English grammar and vocabulary quizzes sorted by topic and level and bilingual quizzes available in over thirty languages.

Many Things English Vocabulary: On-line spelling-related games, puzzles, quizzes, and word lists suitable for ESL and native English speakers.