Spelling tests are like laundry, a weekly chore that nonetheless has to get done. Conducting a spelling test means taking 15 minutes out of my already-packed language arts schedule. It means reading out each word and having the students repeat it to ensure they understand it. It means going over those words letter by letter, a simple but time-consuming task. A task that gets even more time-consuming when you have to re-give the test to a student who missed the test, or failed it.
Spellingcity.com is a Web site that allows teachers to publish their spelling lists online and then creates custom-made games, worksheets, and comprehension tools. But where it shines is in test taking.
Students take a test by listening to a voice sound out their words and then inan example sentence. It automatically grades the list and allows students to either print out an official-looking PDF file with their grade or review the words that they have misspelled.
Spelling is no longer a contest with other students, but an individual task—something that can be done in their spare time and with a variety of ways to learn their words. Tests take, at most, five minutes in the computer lab. Stress over spelling tests evaporates when a student is able to take dozens of practice tests in his or her free time.
Spellingcity.com is a great site because it takes a load off the backs of teachers. It removes a task instead of adding one. Thank you, Spellingcity.com! A thousand times thank you!