Students today are being tasked much more often to tackle complex text. However, if there are gaps in their vocabulary knowledge, these students struggle to comprehend.
Many students, including ESE and ESL students, lack the vocabulary foundation for success in learning content-area subjects and reading academic texts. Instruction in vocabulary development builds reading comprehension. Without explicit, focused instruction, a student's academic vocabulary gap grows each year.
VocabularySpellingCity is a unique word study tool for busy teachers, homeschoolers and parents. From the traditional word study exercise, FlashCards, to a host of online games and offline worksheets, activities are ready to assign or print. You simply need to select a word list, using one of the thousands of ready-made word lists available to you, or by entering the words yourself. Your students will learn their words online by hearing them spoken in context-rich sentences in interactive games. Measuring progress is easy! Premium Membership records student data, tracking progress on activities. You can administer spelling and vocabulary tests directly on the site, where they are automatically graded.
VocabularySpellingCity offers vocabulary activities with Premium Membership. Try a few of these examples.
Which Word? Sentences challenges the student to find the word that correctly completes the sentence – a great activity to practice using context clues. Which Word? Definitions challenges the student to find the word that corresponds to the given definition.
Play Which Word? Sentences with an Antonyms list.
Play Which Word? Definitions with a Science list on Magnetism.
Play MatchIt Sentences with a high school homophones list.
Play MatchIt Definitions with a list of contractions.
Word-O-Rama follows a game show format to encourage students to identify words by their definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or context within a sentence.
Play Word-O-Rama with a geometry word list.
Vocabulary TestMe allows students to take a practice or final vocabulary test. Results are given at the end of the test, along with the correct answers for any incorrectly answered items.
Try Vocabulary TestMe with a ACT & SAT word list.
Learning Vocabulary: An Essential Skill
VocabularySpellingCity helps teachers give students the verbal tools they need every step of the way, from kindergarten through high school. In fact, through our grade-level interactive vocabulary games, students practice the words they need to master the Common Core State Standards. Their practice will help them prepare for state standardized tests, SATs and ACTs.
Writing Activities as Word Study
In addition to word study games and activities, VocabularySpellingCity provides printable and online writing activities for use with vocabulary word lists. Sentence Writing and Paragraph Writing activities can be completed online or printed out for the whole class. You can also print out Handwriting Practice Sheets for your lists.
Vocabulary Learning Strategies
Word study is most successful when students encounter information in a variety of ways. VocabularySpellingCity provides the needed variety in vocabulary learning strategies, using interactive vocabulary games, vocabulary worksheets, auditory and visual vocabulary drills. Learning vocabulary words in this thorough yet enjoyable way means students retain new words and expand their vocabulary.