Showing posts with label Spin and Spell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spin and Spell. Show all posts

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Five Resources for Fun Spelling Games

Educational games that can hold a student's attention can be valuable supplements to a teacher's or a parent's instruction. Here are five sources for games that will help students learn to spell.

1. Kids Spell provides eight free games that help students learn to spell more than 6,000 words. Kids Spell is a part of the Kids Know It Network. The Kids Know It Network provides educational games for all content areas taught in grades K-6.

2. Spin and Spell has been featured on a number of blogs over the last year. Spin and Spell asks students to select a picture and then spell the name of the item. Alternatively, students can have word select for them and then identify the correct corresponding image.

3. GamesGames.com offers sixteen free spelling games. Most of the games seem to be designed with grades 3, 4, and 5 in mind.

4. Spelling City is a resource that Jim Moulton shared in his Best of Web 2008 presentation at the ACTEM conference in October. Spelling City not only offers games, it also offers the capability for students to type a word and hear it pronounced.

5. Catch the Spelling offers more than two dozen categories of spelling games. Each game has the same format; as words fall from the top of the screen, players have to "catch" the appropriate letters in the correct sequence to spell the word displayed at the top of the game. Players "catch" letters by moving a cursor at the bottom of the page. In some ways it reminded me of a cross between Tetris and Frogger.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Spelling Game - Spin and Spell

Spin and Spell is a fun game for young students learning to spell. The game is completely web based and operates in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari although in my testing there were a couple of glitches when using Safari. Spin and Spell asks student to pick from five categories of words to spell. Inside each of those categories are pictures and students have to spell the name of item in the picture by selecting letters from a wheel. Each time a letter is selected the wheel spins. If a student gets stuck and can't spell the word there is a "show me" button which reveals the correct spelling of the word in question.

Applications for Education
Spin and Spell is an entertaining and engaging way for students to practice and develop spelling skills. The game can be played individually which makes it useful for differentiated instruction in the classroom. Spin and Spell can also be played as a two player game making it a competitive or collaborative experience. The visual clues provided could be helpful to some students to remember the correct spellings of words.