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Spelling Helps Tags: spelling spelling lists spelling games

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:

Spelling TrainingUse a pre-defined list or one of your own to generate spelling practice, games, and tests.

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.

AAASpell.com 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.

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.

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

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 spelling exercises.

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.

Harcourt Reading, Grammar and Spelling Workbooks Tags: harcourt grammar worksheets grammar reading worksheets spelling worksheets

These Harcourt PDF workbooks are free to download: 

Grade 1 Grammar Practiceincludes exercises on sentences, word order, nouns, pronouns

Grade 1 Spelling Practice

Grade 2 Grammar Practice

Grade 2 Reading Practice

Grade 2 Spelling Practice

Grade 3 Grammar Practice

Grade 3 Reading Practice

Grade 3 Spelling Practice 

Grade 4 Grammar Practice

Grade 4 Reading Practice

Grade 4 Spelling Practice

Grade 5 Grammar Practice

Grade 5 Reading Practice

Grade 5 Spelling Practice

Grade 6 Grammar Practice

Grade 6 Reading Practice (Teacher's Edition)

Grade 6 Spelling Practice (Teacher's Edition)

Grade 6 Assessments: This one, by Glencoe, includes pages for reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. 

Free grammar lesson videos can be viewed at: Harcourt Grammar Snap Grades 1 - 6



Things We Say Wrong Tags: things we say wrong what you ought to know grammar rules grammar spelling

 

Anyone teaching grammar and spelling rules to their children can get a chuckle from this. Remembering how to spell certain "ei" and "ie" words in particular can be vexing. Then there are the "Oral Language Exercises" we use that are supposed to teach you when to use certain words over others, such as ​among vs. between, ​beside ​vs. ​besides, bad vs. ​badly, and many others. I think some mistakes in grammar are more regional -- for example, using set ​when you mean sit, and vice-versa. (I don't think people from the city make that mistake much). In other instances, the correct usage is not so obvious, (like when to use lie, lay, lain and ​laid).

Does the rise in texting, and its truncation (some would say, mutilation), of the English language, signal a gradual end for the need to learn all these "stuffy" grammar and spelling rules? Or are they more necessary and important than ever? 

For one viewpoint, check out 10 Reasons Schools Should Teach Text-Speak.

And for an interesting read about the history of using abbreviations in language, (highlighting texting, in particular, and how it may or may not be destroying our language, check out Txtng: the gr8 db8, ​by David Crystal.

 

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