“I use Spelling Shed to teach sight word recognition and spelling. Shelling Shed is an independent assignment for my students. I am currently teaching remotely so I assign Spelling Shed via Google Classroom. I use the Hive Game to administer spelling tests every Friday. My students love it! I love that I receive data instantly.”


Teacher, 3rd & 4th Grade.

Dunbar Elementary, Atlanta GA

Spelling Shed Overview

Spelling Shed has designed a spelling curriculum for grades K-5 that takes a structured literacy approach to learning new words. Our approach is based on research that shows many students benefit from a structured literacy approach. According to the Iowa Reading Research Center, “Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels.”

Each grade level includes 36 weekly word lists that follow specific letter and sound patterns including digraphs, trigraphs, prefixes, suffixes, homophones and more. We also include Challenge word lists that have students apply previously learned knowledge. Our curriculum aligns with current ELA standards.

For districts that already have word lists or follow a word study curriculum, teachers can easily import those spelling word lists to use with Spelling Shed. We also feature ready made lists of popular reading series including HMH Journeys® and McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders®. We also provide traditional sight based word lists like Dolce and Fry along with regional based spelling lists like UIL for Texas.

Spelling Games

In order for words to move into long term memory students need an opportunity to play with their words. Spelling Shed has designed several engaging games that will help students do just that. Our main spelling game has four different levels to provide students with the right amount of support. Missing Word, another popular game asks students to identify the correct spelling of the specific word.

Missing Word Game Missing Word, another popular game asks students to identify the correct spelling of the specific word.

Game Levels

Each level includes audio

Easy Level
  • Shown the word at first
  • Given only the letters that are in the word
  • Highest level of support
Medium Level
  • They are NOT shown the word
  • Given only the letters that are in the word
  • Medium-High level of support
Hard Level
  • They are NOT shown the word
  • Given additional letters to complete the word
  • Low level of support
Extreme Level
  • They are NOT shown the word
  • Given almost a full keyboard of letters
  • No level of support
Easy, Medium, Hard, Extreme Difficulty selection as seen in-game

Game Features

Assignments Track assignment progress through the website

Assignment Feature

In order to keep students learning on track Spelling Shed created Assignments. This feature provides students with quick access to their weekly word lists. No more time wasted searching for word lists! Teachers have the option to create full years worth of assignments with a few clicks of the mouse or can create weekly assignments to target the needs of specific learning groups.

Teachers can track the group or class progress throughout the week with Assignment Rank. Students are provided with six different levels in regards to how well they are progressing with the weekly word lists. Levels in Spelling Shed are determined by accuracy as well as game difficulty

Hive Games

Hive games are “live” spelling tests that display real time student data. Trends can quickly be identified for spelling misconceptions. Hive games can be delivered as an in class tool, or as a remote learning option. Hive games can also be utilized as a pre assessment to determine student levels.

Hive Games Students can play together with Hive Games
Avatars Students can create personalised avatars using Honeypots earned in-game

Avatars, Honeypots, Scores, and Leagues

All users have an avatar which can be personalised. Avatar upgrades can be purchased using Honeypots. Honeypots are earned by spelling words correctly in all game types and in other EdShed games like MathShed.

All Spelling Shed games provide a score for correct answers, speed bonus, and streak bonuses. A shed score is the total score for the past 7 days. Leagues and group leagues use the Shed Score to show current performance. World Leagues show the top 100 groups by Shed Score


$ 2.00 / student / year
All classroom features
Unlimited teacher licenses
28 - 499 students = $2.00 / student
500 - 1999 students = $1.85 / student
2000+ students = $1.75 / student
Clever District Sync available
Save 15% combined with Math Shed
$ 56.00 /year
Unlimited custom word lists
Includes up to 28 student licenses
Full access to the Spelling Shed web game
Schedule and track assignments
Multi-player Hive Games
Data reporting
Save 15% combined with Math Shed


Below are a handful of sample spelling curriculum included with Spelling Shed.

Click 'Learn More' to request specific curriculum for a selected grade level.

List # Spelling Pattern
1 Words ending with the /f/, /l/, /s/, /z/ or /k/ sound in English almost always have double consonant.
2 The /k/ sound is spelt as k rather than as c before e, i and y. The /nk/ sound found at the end of words and usually comes after a vowel.
3 Words ending ‘–tch’. The /ch/ sound is usually spelt as ‘tch’ when it comes after a single vowel letter.
4 Some words end with an /e/ sound spelled ‘y’. English words hardly ever end with the letter ‘v’, so if a word ends with a /v/ sound, the letter ‘e’ usually needs to be added after the ‘v’.
5 Adding s and es to words (plurals). If the ending sounds like /s/ or /z/, it is spelled as –s. If it forms an extra syllable, then it is spelled as –es.
List # Spelling Pattern
1 The /j/ sound spelled‚ dge
2 The /j/ sound spelled‚ ge
3 The /j/ sound spelled with a g
4 The /s/ sound spelled c before e, i and y
5 The /n/ sound spelled kn and gn
List # Spelling Pattern
1 The ow and u sound spelled ou
2 The /i/ sound spelled with a y
3 Words with the /ze/ sound ending -sure
4 Words with the /ch/ sound ending -ture
5 Challenge words
List # Spelling Pattern
1 Homophones
2 The /s/ sound spelled c
3 The prefixes super auto anti and bi
4 Plural possessive apostrophes
5 Words ending in -ious
List # Spelling Pattern
1 Words with the short vowel sound /i/ spelled y
2 Words with the long vowel sound /i/ spelled y
3 The prefix over-
4 The suffix -ful
5 Words which can be nouns and verbs

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