A Fun, Effective Learning App

SPELL-Links WordUP! — a unique educational app from the publishers of the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum — is a fun and effective learning, review, and application tool to improve reading, spelling, vocabulary, and oral language skills. Choose one of four activities — Catch the Beat, Stress this Mess, No Fouls or Build on the Base — adjust settings, and select words to support a student at the appropriate level.

Skills & Content

Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness) • Letter-sound relationships • Letter patterns and spelling rules (orthographic knowledge) • Awareness of base words, prefixes, and suffixes (morphological awareness) • Spelling • Reading • Vocabulary

Target Audience

All K–12 students. SPELL-Links WordUP! is fun for everyone and ideal for students who need to improve their reading and spelling, and it’s perfect for English language learners. Use one-on-one, in small or large groups, and at independent work stations. Choose an activity, adjust settings, and select words to support a student at the appropriate level.

What makes SPELL-Links WordUP! different?

Other phonics and word study programs begin with the written letter and teach students how to match the letter to a sound. SPELL-Links WordUP! teaches students to attend to the sound structure of spoken English words first, and then to connect the sounds they say and hear with the letters they see in the printed word and the word’s meaning. This is exactly how the brain works in good readers and writers! 

Four Great Activities!

Choose an activity — Catch the Beat, Stress this Mess, No Fouls or Build on the Base — adjust settings, and select words to support a student at the appropriate level.

No Fouls!
Build on the Base!
Catch the Beat!
Stress this Mess!

SPELL-Links WordUP! can be used with any instructional curriculum. If using SPELL-Links WordUP! in conjunction with the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum, the No Fouls! activity correlates directly with the No Fouls! strategy. SPELL-Links strategy #6 No Fouls! develops awareness of phoneme-grapheme correspondences and decoding skills and simultaneously strengthens phonological awareness, vocabulary, and mental orthographic images of words to improve reading fluency and spelling accuracy.

Target Audience

All K–12 students. SPELL-Links WordUP! is fun for everyone and ideal for students who need to improve their reading and spelling, and it’s perfect for English language learners. Use one-on-one, in small or large groups, and at independent work stations. Adjust settings and select words to support your student at the appropriate level.

Skills & Content

  • Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness)
  • Letter-sound relationships (orthographic knowledge)
  • Spelling
  • Reading

Watch these short videos to see how the SPELL-Links WordUP! No Fouls! activity improves students’ reading, spelling, vocabulary, and oral language skills.

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Vowel sound example

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Consonant sound example

SPELL-Links WordUP! can be used with any instructional curriculum. If using SPELL-Links WordUP! in conjunction with the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum, the Build on the Base! activity correlates directly with the Build on the Base! strategy.

SPELL-Links strategy #11 Build on the Base! develops morphological awareness of base words and early prefixes and suffixes, phonological awareness, and letter pattern and spelling rules for multi-morphemic words. Build on the Base! simultaneously strengthens vocabulary and mental orthographic images to improve reading fluency, reading comprehension, and spelling accuracy.

Skills & Content

  • Awareness of base words, prefixes, and suffixes (morphological awareness)
  • Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness
  • Letter patterns and spelling rules (orthographic knowledge)
  • Vocabulary, Spelling, & Reading

Watch these short videos to see how the SPELL-Links WordUP! Build on the Base activity improves reading fluency, reading comprehension, and spelling accuracy.

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Base + Suffix: -s, -es, -ed, -ing

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Base + Suffix: -ed, -ing (only) 

SPELL-Links WordUP! can be used with any instructional curriculum. If using SPELL-Links WordUP! in conjunction with the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum, the Catch the Beat! activity correlates directly with the Catch the Beat! strategy. SPELL-Links strategy #3 Catch the Beat! develops phonological awareness, phoneme-grapheme mapping, and decoding skills and simultaneously strengthens vocabulary and mental orthographic images of words to improve reading fluency and spelling accuracy.

Skills & Content

  • Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness)
  • Letter-sound relationships (orthographic knowledge)
  • Spelling
  • Reading

SPELL-Links WordUP! can be used with any instructional curriculum. If using SPELL-Links WordUP! in conjunction with the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum, Stress this Mess! activity correlates directly with the A Little Stress Will Help This Mess! strategy. SPELL-Links strategy #5 A Little Stress Will Help This Mess! Develops phonological awareness, phoneme-grapheme mapping, and decoding skills. Stress this Mess! simultaneously strengthens vocabulary and mental orthographic images to improve reading fluency and spelling accuracy.

Skills & Content

  • Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness)
  • Letter-sound relationships (orthographic knowledge)
  • Spelling
  • Reading

Teachers & Students Love WordUP!

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"SPELL-Links WordUP! is very cool and the sound effects are great. It’s engaging and a great learning tool."
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​"I like that the SPELL-Links WordUP! games are challenging and not kiddish for young adults…motivating without being distracting for an 8 year old."
User Review
“Kids like it! My students enjoyed the flashiness of a correct answer and the game-like qualities.”
User Review
"SPELL-Links WordUP! is very cool and the sound effects are great. It’s engaging and a great learning tool."
User Review
“I like that it’s a fun way to practice specific skills aligned to the SPELL-Links program.”
User Review
“I used SPELL-Links WordUP! with a small group of three students. They were great at taking turns and the game goes quickly enough to avoid wasting time.”

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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