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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vocabulary City Review & Giveaway!

Okay... I am beyond late to my own party and Krista has been such a great host that she has not even complained yet! This month on 3-6 Free Resources, we are asking teachers to link up and share their favorite websites.

I have so many! 
It was sooooo hard to choose a favorite!

But after a long while, I finally decided to go with something fun, educational, and saves me a bunch of time.

Vocabulary and spelling made fun

I found this site many years ago as a homeschooler and loved it then. I love it even more as a teacher!! 

What is so great about this site? 

~ It is fun! My sons beg to play games on this site. Yep - the children whom I cannot get to do their spelling homework, who claim they have no such things despite the fact that I personally know each of their teachers beg to go onto the website. 

~ It's free! There are a lot of great games, videos on how to use this site, spelling lists, and more all free.OR you can go with a premium membership for even more great options. 

~ I can print out almost anything into a worksheet for those who do not have access to technology at home. 

~ It makes my life easy. No arguing with my boys to do their homework. The premium options are a dream come true for me as a teacher. I can create a login for each student, assign them groups for differentiated instruction, create assignments, give them tests, and more. 

~ It grades the tests my students take. You all know how I love and use emoticons in my classroom, right? Get this, I can use emoticons to give my students feedback on their scores. It keeps track of what each child does individually AND I can print this out for record keeping purposes. One less record for me to keep. 

~ I can create custom lists or use the ones they have. I have a homepage and you can find me by searching for my school. I can create groups in my class for the various levels of spelling we do. 

~ Subjects include... Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, and even Handwriting. LOVE IT!

~ If I don't know how to use a feature, there is a video to show me how. There are even letters for class-home communication. 

I just heard some amazing new things are headed our way for the upcoming school year!!
~ An iPad app
~ Google Chrome App
~ And it is now available as a premium feature for Edmodo users

There are SOOO many features. You truly need to go and explore them all for yourself. AND here is one person's chance to do that! I am giving away a 1 Year Premium Class Membership!!! (Value $49.99) Just leave me a comment below to enter and I will choose a winner at random next Sunday. 

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At June 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Erika said...

Pick me! Pick me!

At June 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM , Blogger jennifer said...

I love spelling city! It is one of my favorites too! I've never tried the premium edition though, so feel free to pick me :)

At June 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Kelly S. said...

I would love to use this in my classroom!

At June 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Laura Wagner Jordan said...

Oh my gosh! How exciting! Many of the teachers at my school use it. I have been meaning to check it out. It sounds wonderful!
TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

At June 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM , Blogger Mrs. Cook said...

I have my fingers crossed tight! What a great giveaway!

At June 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Aimee V. said...

I would love to use it in my classroom!! Thanks for the chance!

Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

At June 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM , Blogger Meredith Gilbert said...

That is GREAT!!! I am always looking for new technology apps.

Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

At June 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win this! Crossing my fingers!!!

At June 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM , Blogger I'm Sara said...

I had my second graders that I interned with use Spelling City! They all loooooved it. Thanks for doing this!

Miss V's Busy Bees

At June 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Mary said...

My students and I love spelling city! We love playing Hang Mouse!! I've never had the funds to buy the premium edition.


At June 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

Spelling City is one of the greatest websites out there!

At June 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Mission Control said...

I would love to win this. This coming school year I will be teaching spelling to 90 third graders. This site sounds like it could really be beneficial to me and my students.

At June 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

This looks great! Hoping to win!

At June 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Melissa Yglesias said...

Hi Heather,
My 3rd graders also used Spelling City all the time and LOVED it! Great site, and the best part is that it is free.
I also wanted to let you know that I'm your newest blog follower and I'm awarding you the One Lovely Blog Award. Head on over to my blog to pick it up!


At June 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Melissa Yglesias said...

Hi Misty... sorry my fingers are getting the best of me. I'm soooooo sorry for the name error.

At June 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM , Anonymous Leslie said...

I found your blog recently and have become an avid follower. Thank you so much!

At June 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM , Blogger 5th Grade Rocks, Fifth Grade Rules! said...

We aren't "supposed" to do spelling...but I've decided next year I'm going against the grain. This could get me started nicely. :)
Hope you're having a good summer!


At June 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM , Blogger April Walker said...

Just gave you the “One Lovely Blogger Award” because I always enjoy reading your posts.
April @ The Idea Backpack

At June 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Ward said...

Spelling City is fantastic! I've used the free edition for 2 years with my 2nd graders. Those who needed differentiated instruction really liked working on the computer. I am moving to 4th grade and look forward to implementing it with them.

At June 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM , Blogger MrsPaulson said...

I use Wordly Wise and would LOVE to try Spelling City to help the kids!!

At June 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Cindy Swindell said...

<3 Spelling City & have plans to expand my use of it... a Premium membership would be awesome!

At June 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM , Blogger Kathleen C. said...

This sounds amazing! I can't wait to check it out :)

At June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM , Blogger Darleen Dufour said...

I love Spelling City! I use it in my classroom but we do not have the full version with all the games & neat activities!! I would LOVE to have the full version for my 3rd Graders!!!!
Third Grade Love

At June 27, 2012 at 5:08 AM , Blogger LaDonna said...

I'm headed back to the classroom after being in other positions for the last 11 years. I'm looking for great sites and resources like this. Thanks for the info!

At June 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM , Blogger Barb said...

Vocabulary Spelling City looks like it might be just what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing the site and the opportunity to win a membership!

I'm your newest follower!


At June 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Blogger busyteacher said...

I'd love to try and win this!

At June 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Corrina Allen said...

Spelling City rocks!! (That website almost made my list, too.)

Diary of a Sixth Grade Teacher

At June 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM , Blogger California Natives said...

I would love a subscription to this! I am going to be a first year teacher, and am gathering all the resources I can!!


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