Each week students need to practice new spelling words. These words come from our new reading series, Reach for Reading. They will have about 20 words each week to practice. If student have access to a computer, there is a great website they can use to take a pretest or practice those words.
Go to http://www.spellingcity.com (I've also provided a link on our student links page). On the left side start typing all the spelling words. If you run out of room click the +More button. When all the words are typed click the Spelling Test button.
Click Play to start the test. The program will say the sentence out loud and use it in a sentence. The students correctly type the word (no peaking at your list!). Students can repeat the word or sentence. Click Next to go to hear next word.
They can have one more chance to look over their words to make sure they are spelled correctly. Click Done to see the results. The program will list all the words, showing the proper spelling for any misspelled words. Here students have two options. They can click Practice and try again with the misspelled words.
Instead of that I have my kids click the printer icon in the upper right hand corner. Have students enter their name and click Report.
This generates a printed report showing all the spelling words, including the misspelled ones. Print out the report and have the students write the misspelled ones 3 or 5 times each, right on the paper. Here's what my sample test report looks like.