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8 Great Free Tools to Improve your Students Spelling Skills

Yesterday, Snigdha Nandipali won the National Spelling Bee Championship to become the best American speller of the year 2012. It is pretty amazing how a young girl in her age could reach this towering achievement, it is as she said herself a miracle. I heard this piece of news on the radio as I was driving back home from work yesterday and the first thing I did when I logged on was I checked in Google for National Spelling Bee website. To my susrprise I found that the website itself is a great resource which deserves a fair review here.

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There are sections for teachers, parents and students , and a column where you can learn more about the past spelling champions. There is also a section called " take the test " where you can test your spelling skills. Believe me if you think you are a good speller and have not yet tried that section then think again. You might probably be surprised to find that you are not  the spelling geek you thought you are.

Talking about spelling skills, Richard Byrne has compiled a great list of activities that are designed to improve your students spelling performance. After going through the list I picked up the ones below.

This is a great game where learners can improve their spelling based on matching activities. It has different levels and grades.

Scholastic provides three awesome games to improve spelling skills. Leo Loves to Spell ( students help Leo find the correct letter ), Reggie Loves to Rhyme ( Rhineceros needs help finding the the words rhyming with different objects ), and the third one is called  Nina the Naming Newt  which  also needs help identifying objects that belong to various places.

This one here has 6 word games and some of them are spelling activities such as : Miss Spell's Class.

This is a great website for both spelling and vocabulary practice. It includes more than 42.000 spellimg words and takes into consideration the spelling differences between the American and British English ( colour/color, favourite/favourite ). It also provides the correct pronunciation of every word mentioned there.

Spell Bee provides different spelling games for students to play. Teachers have the option to create accounts for their students in order to track their performance.

This is an awesome game where students get to practice their spelling abilities. It has different levels of difficulty and students move up the scale upon spelling words correctly. It also offers pronunciation for words students find hard to spell.

This one resembles  one of the tools I mentioned in The Best Free Tools to Help you Improve your Typing Skills. Catch the Spelling is basically a set of several spelling games with more or less the same format. Students watch their computer screens as words fall down from the top, they have to catch the right letters in the correct sequence to spell the word shown to them.

This is another awesome website where students get to learn and improve their spelling skills via a plethora of games.

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