Taking an Online Spelling Test

Many of you have probably heard of or are already using Spelling City for practicing spelling words in your classroom.  I used the free version this past year with my first graders and it became a staple in my reading centers.  The activities are fun and engaging, and it’s extremely easy to sign up and create your weekly lists.   Plus, if you link it to your classroom website, you may have better luck getting students to practice their words at home.;)

Have you ever thought about or tried having your students take their weekly spelling test online?  With Spelling City, students can take the test at their own pace and have words repeated and read to them in a sentence multiple times.  If you have a technology lab, cart or are 1:1, all of your students could take the test at the same time.  If you just have access to a few computers or iPads at a time, you could have students take the test in a center or take turns testing.

If you simply can’t get your entire class online in one day, you may just have the kids who have a different list from the rest of the class (i.e. modified or challenge) take the test online.  That way, you don’t have to read off two lists at the same time, which is something I always hated doing!

Here is what the students see when they are taking the spelling test.  They can click the “Say It” and “Sentence” buttons as many times as they need to hear the words repeated and read in a sentence.

Once they are done, students can see their score one of two ways.  This is the spelling report, which can be printed and send home.

This is an adorable certificate that can be printed and brought home as well.

In an effort to conserve paper, I’m using this form that I made for my fourth graders to fill out so their parents can see how they did. 
If you are not a fan of Spelling City, but like the idea of having your students take different spelling tests simultaneously, you could always record your voice into iMovie, Garage Band, Photo Booth or QuickTime, link it to your website, and have them listen and write the words on paper.

I personally am looking forward to no more reading off multiple lists, repeating words several times, and the best part of all... NO MORE GRADING 25 tests every Friday! 


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  2. What an easy way to integrate technology AND save paper! You also can't beat the reduced grading. ;)

    ~Mrs. K. {from The Teacher Garden blog}

  3. I am going to use these ideas to inspire my Spelling practice this year.