Friday, February 24, 2012

Win with Spelling City!

If you love SpellingCity.com, you'll want to read this blog post to learn about a fun cooperative learning freebie and a chance to win a premium membership there! If you don't know about Spelling City, prepare to be amazed!

Spelling City has tons of terrific free resources, but I'll bet you don't know about all they have to offer! Yes, the program is set up to allow you to enter your own words for students to practice and use in games, but there's so much more available on the site as well! In fact, this year the site was officially renamed VocabularySpellingCity.com to show the full range of their features and services.

Cooperative Learning Meets Technology! (Freebie)
Many teachers are already aware of the free spelling activities, but did you know that they have a sentence-writing activity, too? This feature allows your students to use your own spelling words to create  sentences and paragraphs online. I thought this activity was such a nice feature that I created a cooperative learning lesson to use as a prewriting activity before your students get on the computer. We've all experienced temporary brain freeze when sitting in front of a blank computer screen. The Spell & Write Sentences activity combats this problem by having them create sentences orally with a cooperative learning team before they ever sit down to type. The packet includes step-by-step directions for the computer part of the activity, too, so you can use it in a literacy center. The directions are different depending on whether or not you have a free account or a premium account, so I created two different sets of directions accordingly. Download this activity packet from my Spelling and Vocabulary page on Teaching Resources.

Premium Accounts on Spelling City
Speaking of their premium account, you might want to check out all the features they have to offer. Teachers can set up passwords so that students log in under their own names and the system tracks their data for you to access later. You can see who is practicing at home and how they are scoring on tests. Spelling City has graciously allowed me to give away one of their premium memberships here on Corkboard Connections, and the directions for entering are below.

Premium Membership Contest ($49.99 Value)
Are you ready to enter the Spelling City Premium Membership contest? Here's all you need to do:
  1. Follow the Corkboard Connections blog by RSS feed or by email. I'll announce the winner here, so you'll need to follow this blog to know if you win!
  2. Leave a comment below in which you share the word or words that are most frequently misspelled or misused in writing by your students.
Easy, right?  The contest will end on Leap Day, February 29th, at 8 p.m. EST. Don't miss out on your chance to win! If you don't win, you can take a look at a list of options for funding sources on the Spelling City site. Also, if you sign up for a premium account now and use code LCCC, you'll have your subscription extended through June 30, 2013. That's 4 extra months free! You can't beat that!


43 comments:

  1. My students have trouble with homonyms, possesive nouns, and using the correct vowel diagraph. They are 4th graders, so I'm hoping that practice makes perfect and spelling city is a fabulous tool they really enjoy!

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  2. My students are always misspelling there and their and often leaving out digraphs at the beginning of words when they need them!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  3. I follow your by RSS feed too!! Thanks for your tips on Pinterest....I had no idea!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  4. Ali, share the word about Pinterest! It's kind of shocking, isn't it?

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  5. Definitely, homonyms and possessives. We use the free part of Spelling City several times a week. They have their favorite activities, and are challenged when I introduce them to content specific 'vocab' word lists. I'll make sure I'm following you if I'm not already!!! Thanks in advance.

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  6. I also left one on FB! I love spellingcity.com! I use it, my students use it! We love it! Would love to do even more with it but teaching at a private school doesn't pay as well as the public school so I don't have the extra money to spend on the membership fee. It is an excellent way to incorporate technology into your curriculum and it does grading for you which always helps!

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  7. I forgot to put the words! their, they're, there, our, are, to, two, too, its, it's

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  8. I started using spellingcity.com this year, so I am still a newbie. I learned about the site through another teacher in the district who was sharing the wonderful progress her students were experiencing. I use it weekly with my spelling list, but have been planning to use it with content area vocabulary also.

    My students struggle with the words friend and girl as well as misuse of the common homophones.

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  9. Homophones are definitely an area where I find students get mixed up! I have not used spellingcity, but I am super excited to get started as I go from teaching K to 3rd grade!

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  10. I just happened upon your blog- whoo-hoo!! I'm so excited about your amazing ideas and activities.

    Homophones - Oh my! This is a skill we work on throughout the year. Most commonly misspelled words are: their, there, and they're.

    I need to take the time to get more familiar with SpellingCity but from what I have recently used I can certainly tell the students are getting a lot out of the site.

    alisa.ternes@knoxschools.org

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  11. Thanks everyone! Good luck with the contest because I know you would all love a premium membership!

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  12. I agree with homophones - it is such a problem for so many students!

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  13. Like everyone else - homophones! It is the same all over the world! Thanks for the great ideas will be giving them a go on Monday!

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  14. My students have difficulty spelling words that have blends. They don't seem to slow down when sounding it out and miss the second consonant.

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  15. Access to a premium account would be awesome and my students would agree. Every week during computer lab time I have students try to play the premium account only games. I have to tell them that the left hand column only are the games you can play...the free ones. :( My fourth grade students often misspell/misuse: it's, its, two (tow), there, their, they're, know, no, now. I am so excited about this opportunity! Thanks in advance!

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  16. The two most frequently misspelled (or more appropriately, misused) words that my fifth and sixth graders misspell are "are" and "our". I think this might have something to do with the dialect in our area. We tend to pronounce both words identically. In effect then, for us, they are homophones... oh, those homophones.

    As a side note... I LOVE SpellingCity and so do my kids. I find it's a great tool for the students who are struggling spellers as well as the spelling brains. There's something there for everyone. A premium membership would be the bomb!!!!

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  17. I am so excited about Spelling City, that's why I love your blog! My students are working on contractions and homophones and I can't wait to try this webstite. Thanks!
    p.s. I just bough your graphic organizer and Reading books and I love them!

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  18. I use SpellingCity.com (free version) as a resource for students and parents to get their spelling words when they leave them at school. They can go on there and print off a list to work with (we use the Words Their Way program). They are also encouraged to practice on there at least one night a week as their homework and any other night they want extra practice with their words. My students spell common words for their age group wrong. I'm referring to there, their, and they're, hear and here, too, two, to, etc...

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  19. I'm enjoying all the entries! Thanks to everyone who has entered the contest so far. Best of luck to all of you!

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  20. My kids tend to misspell: their, first, a lot, our, and friend.

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  21. I teach 4th grade and also find my students misspelling homophones.

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  22. I used Spelling City as a word work/computer center last year in 2nd grade. The students loved it! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to incorporate it into our day this year but I'd like to. My students (3rd grade) often confuse many homophones.

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  23. I would say : their, there and they're, whether and weather. Thanks for the opportunity. Looking forward to checking out the site!

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  24. Homophones are frequently misspelled in my class, especially their, there and they're. I also notice that they are confused with possessives and often want to put an apostrophe in a plural word.

    Thank you for the giveaway! I would love a premium membership!

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  25. My students struggle with the homophones. They also tend to misspell the r-controlled vowels. I am always finding girl spelled "gril."

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  26. My first graders misspell sight words....where, when, are, come...even though we practice them and put them on the word wall. Also, we are really struggling with long vowels (silent e and vowel teams) right now!

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  27. It sounds like most students struggle with homophones. Be sure to check out SpellingCity's Sound Alike Word Lists. All users (free and Premium) can use these lists to play all 25 of our learning games! It is a fun way for students to practice using homophones correctly. We also have Dolch-Sight Word Lists, Possessive Nouns, and more!

    Best of luck from all of us here at VocabularySpellingCity!

    :) Nancy

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  28. My 4th graders and I love SpellingCity.com, but I must agree with A. Ackley that Premium would be "the bomb!"

    Truthfully, we should spell "they" t-h-a-y, right? LOL. It only makes since / scents? cents? sense? Yea, that's it....sense!

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  29. My second graders have trouble with vowel pairs. More specifically, words such as boil and loyal.

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  30. SpellingCity is my friend and my savior. I have a special ed class so anything that uses multi-modality rocks. My class population is also ESL so we have trouble with digraphs and certain vowels. I have explained repeatedly that a wen is a bump on one's head.
    And which e as in elephant or as in igloo.

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  31. I now follow by e-mail.

    My students tend to misspell: cousin, beautiful, bought, friend

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. My 2nd graders often confuse homophones! The most common are their, there, they're, too, two, and to.

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  33. My students mix up our and are.
    ***Spelling City is a wonderful, motivational site! It's a great way for students to take spelling tests independently too.

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  34. I follow by email. My first graders have a hard time spelling simple words such as they, went, was, like, have.
    Caroline
    cgc4au@yahoo.com

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  35. I teach Science and have many misspelled words to contend with like inertia, hypothesis and nuclear. Spelling city has become a primary source for my Science spelling material. So very glad I found you!

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  36. I follow by email. I teach second grade so we are still working on sight words and pattern words.
    becky.bacon@cox.net

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  37. I just saw this so I am hoping I'm not too late! My son moved this weekend so I am behind on my blogs and out of Kleenexes!
    My stugents have trouble with though, thought, through. I teach third grade and have had a free membership with spelling city ever since I discovered it! I SO WISH for a premium membership!
    Kandie McCauley. NE

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  38. Want, homophones, from are just a few
    I have heard about spelling city just recently and was going to visit the site to find out more.
    karmstrong@evertontigers.org

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  39. My 2nd grade kiddos love Spelling City and beg for me to use it to review words before their spelling test. I use the free version and it is great for me and my kids. Every few weeks I use it as a center activity. The kids love the games and I love the practice. Their parents, however like the painfree ease of review on the computer. It was actually a parent who introduced the sure to me. I found out about your giveaway from Corkboard Connections. Laura, thank you your everything you do to help children and support teachers.

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  40. I use Spelling City to give the pretests and posttests every week in my tier two literacy. The kids love it. I also use it as an end of week activity as part of our daily spelling practice. The kids really enjoy it.

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  41. I really like spelling City! My fourth graders are pretty good spellers! would love to have the membership!!!
    I follow you! Nancy Hanna Fancygrl57@yahoo.com

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  42. The contest is now officially over! Drum roll please .... and the winner is Nancy Hanna, the very last person to enter! I used Random.org to select the winner and it actually selected the very highest number that was entered. Nancy wisely left her email address right on the blog, so I'll email her now to let her know how to claim her prize! Congratulations, Nancy!

    Thanks to everyone who entered and shared the words your kids find most difficult. I loved reading your entries!
    ~ Laura

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  43. The most difficult for my kids this year were possessives, especially plurals. Most of my kids were taught Spaulding phonograms so they have a really good handle on most spellings.

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