Now that summer is well under way, kids may be craving some cool, yet adult-led activities. One mom we know wrote in with a few ideas:
“We did a Spelling Scavenger Hunt. I made a word list for summer, then let the kids “do” their list on SpellingCity. I printed the list out and gave them the digital camera. Their instructions were to photograph all the objects on the list that they could find. They found everything on the list. We printed the pictures out on the computer and made a scrapbook of the photos, labeling them with the spelling words. It was a fun way to keep learning during the summer.”
Let’s hear your ideas! Drop us a line with creative ways you are using SpellingCity.
Things To Get Excited About:
We have a new printable letter for teachers to send home to parents. This letter, saved in PDF form, explains how parents can help their children use SpellingCity at home to look up your lists, practice words, and get ready for tests.
This Week’s Feature Tip: Games
As you may know, we have been hard at work expanding our SpellingCity games. Our games are designed to target a variety of reading, spelling and decoding skills, both at the word and sentence level. Here is a rundown of the games we currently have:
Word Search -- Our version of the classic word search puzzle. Searching for words hidden in a grid of letters requires careful attention to correct spelling, and improves eye tracking.
Audio Match Game -- Like the classic game of Concentration, Match Game builds visual memory skills by flipping cards to match pairs. Students can also click on the word card to hear it pronounced.
UnScramble -- Unscramble words to build skills in spelling and phoneme recognition.
HangMouse -- Our version of Hang Man offers a fun way to build spelling, logic and decoding skills. Guess the letters in the word, but don’t wake up the sleeping cat!
Sentence UnScramble –– To reinforces vocabulary and proper sentence structure, put the words in the sentence back in the correct order.
Which Word – Click on the correct word to complete the sentence.
Missing Letter – Fill in the blank letter to complete the word.
You can get to the Games page a few different ways. If you want to try the games using a sample list, go to the home page and click on the \"More Games\" box on the right hand side of the page. Once on the Games page, choose the game you want to play and click on the sample list in that game’s column.
If you want to play a game using your own list, click on the green “Games” button at the bottom of your list.
Have your children write us a letter telling us what they like and dislike about the games. We love hearing what they think! More new games are on the way!
Please check our forum for news.
Stay cool, and happy spelling!
Mayor of SpellingCity.com
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