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I know everyone uses SpellingCity, but if you don’t have a paid account, and are thus not able to make use of all the puzzles and games, here are some free alternatives:

KidsSpell: Type in your own spelling lists, and use them for the games on the site. Here's an example of a spelling list and available games. Click on the picture to try them out. Make a free account (you don’t have to, but it will let you save your lists), and your kids can practice their spelling words on their own with a variety of activities. For example, there’s “hear and spell” (computer reads the word; kid types it in); missing letter and scrambled letter exercises; and alphabetical order activities. You can also input separate vocabulary lists, with an exercise asking you to match the right word with the definition. Also, if you click into a vocabulary word, you're taken to the Wiktionary where you get the word's definition, can click to hear how it's pronounced, see synonyms and antonyms, other forms of the word, and the word used in a sentence. One annoying thing: when I entered a list of 15 vocabulary words, only two of them came back with computer-generated definitions. The rest, I had to re-input and manually type in the definitions. So, initially, it takes some time to set up, but once words are in, it can save time because students can study on their own. When finished, you can view a report that shows what exercises were done, and how many were right and wrong.

 AAA also has its own K – 8 spelling and vocabulary lists, and alphabet exercises. In addition, there are links to geography and math exercises.

Home Spelling Words: You can use their lists (K - 8), or put in your own. Add students, and add lists for each student. You can also put in sentences for each word. "Practice words" or "take a test over words" works in the same way: the computer says a word and sentence; student types it in and clicks button to check. Games include fill in; missing letters; online word find; spelling soup game where words drop and you have to catch the correctly spelled ones in the bowl at the bottom of the screen.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Spelling Central, which allows you to input words for four activities (alphabetical order, word search, word scramble, or missing letter) that can be done online or printed.

Spin and SpellLooks kind of like the old See n' Say: select a picture to spell; or a word is spelled and you select the right picture.

Discovery Education Puzzlemaker for inputting your own spelling words and making crosswords, cryptograms, and other types of puzzles.

Spelling Scramble or Word SearchType in words to make your own.

Other Spelling Sites:

Harcourt Brace offers spelling word lists for grades 1 – 6. Each grade has 35 units. Play a game in which words have to be unscrambled. 

Perdue Online Writing Lab: Features common spelling words that sound alike, such as advise, advice; lead, lead, etc. Rules for i/e and ible-able and their exceptions are also presented, as well as printable exercises to practice these rules. For the i/e rule, you have to choose the correctly spelled word, and  fill in “ie” or “ei”. Answers are provided. For the ible/able exercise, you proofread a paragraph, pick out the incorrectly spelled words and spell them correctly. In another exercise, you fill in the appropriate ending.

Notorious Confusables: Extensive lists of word pairs that are often confused and misused, such as averse and adverse; Calvary and cavalry; eminent and imminent, etc. The highlighted word pairs are presented in sentences so you can learn proper usage. Mouse over the words, and you get the definitions. Site also includes online quizzes and writing and grammar guide.

Reading RocketsLists of word roots, prefixes and suffixes.


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