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50 Sites to Add Rigor and Authenticity to Word Study

Posted by on January 21, 2015

Memorizing word lists and testing on them doesn’t really work very well. Here are 52 websites that will make student academic and domain-specific word study more relevant and sticky. I’ve collected them into various categories–pick what works for you:

  1. Character Trading Cardsword study websites
  2. Context Clues Game
  3. Context Clues Millionaire
  4. Flashcard Stash–collect words, view sentences and images
  5. Friendly Letter Maker
  6. Identify the Main Idea
  7. Jelly Fish
  8. Katie’s Clubhouse
  9. Main Idea Battleship
  10. The Patchworker
  11. Using a table of contents
  12. Web-based Mad Libs
  13. Word Balloons
  14. Word Central—Merriam Webster
  15. Word Family Sort
  16. Word Games
  17. Word Magnets
  18. Word Play
  19. Word Pond
  20. Words in Context


  1. BBC Phonics
  2. BiteSize—Reading, Writing, Grammar
  3. Blends
  4. Contraction Crossword
  5. Contraction Practice
  6. Feast of Homonyms
  7. Flamingo Suffixes
  8. Grammar games
  9. Grammar Gorillas
  10. Grammaropolis
  11. Plural Nouns
  12. Sam’s Lab
  13. Short Vowels
  14. Suffix Match
  15. Synonym or Antonym?


  1. Funny Poetry
  2. Glossary of Poetry Terms
  3. Instant Poetry—fill in the blanks
  4. Poetry Engine
  5. Poetry with a Porpoise

Tier 3 Wordsword study

  1. WordSmyth–learn words relevant to a topic; for kids

Visual Words

  1. Lexipedia
  2. Snappy Words
  3. Tagul–create word clouds
  4. Tagxedo–word clouds
  5. Visuwords


  1. Vocabulary Flood
  2. Vocabulary Fun
  3. Vocabulary Pinball
  4. Vocabulary-Spelling City

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and dozens of books on how to integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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