with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
- Foundational Skills
Spelling helps with reading and language proficiency, as the connection between letters and sounds is explored and students begin to decode words. In addition, spelling is a necessary skill in writing as students become more proficient with encoding words. This skill does not stop when students move on from elementary school.
It is a foundational skill that should be explicitly taught and practiced. Students in the primary grades study spelling in word patterns and word families and find patterns or chunks that they know. Throughout upper elementary and middle school grades, students are exposed to more difficult spelling patterns.
HangMouse can be an alternative to the typical paper and pencil homework. The engaging, interactive game can also be used in the classroom during literacy centers. VocabularySpellingCity makes it very easy for teachers to differentiate the words that students need to learn to spell.
Students have the opportunity to name a letter to spell the spelling or vocabulary word. The game will display the word’s definition or a sentence with a blank on the bottom of the page and students will have seven attempts to guess the correct letters. Students receive immediate feedback when an incorrect letter is chosen, as the cat starts to wake up.
ELLs become familiar with the letters that make up the word, the sounds that those letters make, and the pronunciation of the word while playing. HangMouse also lends itself to all subject areas. Science, social studies, or math teachers alike can use this interactive game to review key concepts, as the game displays the words’ definitions and shows how they are used in context.