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Spelling City

SpellingCity is a website that helps students learn their weekly spelling words while having fun at the same time. has:

  • Over 42,000 spelling words and customizable sentences
  • REAL person who says each word and sentence
  • Free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists
  • Teacher training videos to show teachers and parents how to use
  • Customizable sentences for words with multiple meanings (e.g., a scale for weighing, to scale a mountain, the scale on a map)
  • Free printable handwriting worksheets for handwriting practice with your saved lists
  • Free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans for teaching high frequency words, compound words, sound-alike words (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more. There are also lists for learning state capitals.
  • Twelve games to play online or to print: SpellingWord MeaningVocabularyAlphabetical Order
  • A free forum and newsletters with more vocabulary and spelling resources
With each spelling list, students can choose one of three options:

  • Test Me repeats each spelling word with a live voice and uses it in a sentence.
  • Teach Me spells and displays the word in ways that stimulate memory for visual and verbal learners.
  • Play a Game uses your spelling list in educational games that teach spelling, word meaning, vocabulary, and alphabetical order.
After taking an online spelling test, students can print out a report, retake the entire test, or get tested only on the spelling words they got wrong the first time.

Professor Garfield

This is an amazing site for supporting Reading.  Thanks to Donna Cullop at Sugar Grove Elementary for sharing this site! Read through the explanations below to find out more about each piece of this fantastic website.

  • Star Sleeper, which is appropriate for elementary, is a set of activities focusing on the biological importance of sleep.
  • Reading Ring (early elementary) uses Garfield comic strips to help promote sequencing and analysis through reading.
  • Orson's Farm (early elementary pre-readers) offers games and activities for phonetic development and phonemic awareness.
  • Scholarship Options for Kids (middle school) has career assessment elements and information about options for students after leaving high school, which is important for kids to think about before they get to high school.
  • G-Cubed (upper elementary and middle school) offers a chance to compete with other students in a real-time trivia game.
  • Knowledge Box (elementary and middle school) offers lessons for teachers as well as pre-made lessons for students. The core areas are all represented.
  • Art Bot, (elementary and middle school) allows students to make online drawings and "sculptures".Comics Lab (elementary and middle school) gives students all the tools they need to make online Garfield comic strips. As a bonus, the comic creators can add their own characters.
  • Music-Bot (elementary and middle school) is similar to Art-Bot, and allows plenty of interactive exploration and creation with different approaches to music.

    Read more at Suite101: What Professor Garfield Can Teach Students: A Cartoon Resource is Great for Gifted Kids (and Their Teachers!)