This website offers easy interactive spelling practice for kids in early elementary years (grades 1, 2, 3 and 4). Just type, listen and learn English - learning spelling can be as simple as that!
In this page you set up which words to test students on. The next page - after you hit the “Online Spelling Test” button - lets the students tackle the spelling test and check their performance.
You can also use this website to learn how to pronounce words. Each word is pronounced slowly and clearly, stressing and emphasizing each syllable and consonant. This makes it great for ESL students and special education students as well, helping to discover new words and their pronunciation.
The lists are arranged in stages that coordinate to the children's development through spelling patterns, also called features.
The beginning lists for first graders allow a child to approach a word one sound at a time (i.e. initial consonants) to then building more of a sight word vocabulary (i.e. word families).
Moving on from there, learners in second grade are able to chunk parts of words and process them more fluently when they read (i.e. consonant blends).
Third graders continue the fluency of reading while they explore the meanings of words (i.e. silent consonants), while fourth graders can handle more complex spelling patterns (i.e. double consonant with e-drop).
Of course, a student may overlap in stages, for instance, a second grader may still need some work on a few "first grade" features, or may dabble in some third grade features. They are merely an average "snapshot" for students in elementary school.
In addition to the lists for each grade level, there are many "themed" lists for students of all ages to enjoy (themes such as September, Halloween, Winter, Earth Day, Science Day etc.)
Spelling and studying words ultimately promotes a greater interest in reading and writing. When a child has word understanding and vocabulary knowledge, all aspects of Language Arts are enhanced.
Which words would you like to study? Type them into the empty spaces above. Once you do, you can click on the “Listen” button to hear how the word you typed is pronounced.
Sometimes there is more than one way to pronounce a word - for example, “read” sounds different in the past: “I read this book yesterday” to the way it sounds in the future: “I will read this book tomorrow”. In this case you can hit the “Alternate” button to switch between the different pronunciations and choose the right one.
You can also choose from the word lists we've prepared already in the drop-down menu.
When you have finished adding words, choose an activity from one of the green buttons.
The spelling list will appear for the students. They should read it carefully and, when ready, start the activity.
When finished, the students will have the option to restart the activity or to exit to the main menu. In most cases, they will also get the option to repeat the activity with only the words they had trouble with.
Do you have a word you would like to add to those already recorded? Leave a comment below and we'll be happy to work on it! We'd also love to hear any other comments you have.