Rocket Spelling Blog

Spring 2018 Coupon Code

Looking for a chance to get your students excited about spelling this spring? RocketSpelling.com is an engaging game that helps students to practice 1,200 high-frequency words independently and in a differentiated manner! Your students will be hooked on trying to conquer as many levels as they can; you will appreciate the access to instant, individualized student data at a glance.

This spring, we've got a coupon code available to allow you to check out all the fun of Rocket Spelling for free. New Rocket Spelling customers can use coupon code 'SPRING2018' to get a completely FREE classroom Rocket Spelling account that will last through the rest of the school year!

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February 2018 Coupon Code

With 1,200 high-frequency words built into a fun, engaging game, RocketSpelling.com is an exciting way for your students to practice their spelling and word work independently! Your students will be hooked on trying to conquer as many levels as they can; you will appreciate the access to instant, individualized student data at a glance.

For a limited time, we've got a new coupon code available to allow you to test-pilot the fun of Rocket Spelling. All new Rocket Spelling customers can use coupon code 'FEB2018' to get a completely FREE classroom Rocket Spelling account that will last through the rest of the school year!

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Prefixes (Levels 11-1 to 11-4)

Our final planet begins with four levels focusing on prefixes. Level 11-1 consists of words with the prefix re-, un-, or pre-: return, preview, undo, unlock, preschool, unhappy, rewind, unplug, preheat, and restart. Level 11-2 contains words with the prefix in-, im-, il-, or ir-: impossible, irregular, illegal, invisible, immature, imperfect, incapable, improper, illiterate, and impatient.

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Contractions (Levels 10-3 to 10-6)

Levels 10-3 through 10-6 contain 30 high-frequency contractions. The words in level 10-3 are don't, didn't, can't, won't, wasn't, isn't, wouldn't, doesn't, shouldn't, and aren't. Eight of these 10 words simply replace the 'o' in 'not' with an apostrophe. The word 'can't' is an exception, as it also drops an 'n'. The word 'won't' is the real oddball in this set. You might point out to your students how it would seem like this word would be 'willn't' instead!

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Limited Time: Free Classroom Accounts!

Happy New Year! For 2018, we think it's time to resolve to make spelling and word work more fun for students. That's why, for a limited time, we're offering free, no-strings-attached classroom accounts here on Rocket Spelling! To claim yours, enter coupon code 'resolution' when you register, and you'll be able to secure a classroom account, giving your students full access to Rocket Spelling for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year, entirely for free.

Once you register, you'll love Rocket Spelling for its 1,200 high-frequency words, live at-a-glance student data, and levels that can be easily differentiated to target the needs of students of all abilities. Your students will love Rocket Spelling because it feels like a game, gives instant (and suspenseful) feedback, has rewards points and badges, and allows them to conquer words at their own pace.

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Principals: Free Trials for Your Entire Staff!

To all principals and school leaders: Rocket Spelling is looking for a number of schools throughout the country to pilot-test this website for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year. If you would be interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact us at support@rocketspelling.com. We will provide free accounts for all of your students and teachers for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year, and our only request is that you provide us with some simple site feedback at the end of the year.

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Verbs with -ing, -ed endings (Levels 9-3 and 9-4)

Levels 9-3 and 9-4 deal with verbs ending with -ing and -ed, some of which double their final consonant before the -ing or -ed ending. The words in level 9-3 are swimming, running, winning, throwing, washing, mailing, kicking, listening, hopping, and sitting. The words in level 9-4 are mixed, covered, enjoyed, compared, planned, tapped, dropped, tagged, stopped, and tipped. The general pattern here is that verbs which end with a short vowel + a single consonant will tend to have that final consonant be doubled when an -ing or -ed ending is added to the word.

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Silent e + -ing verb endings (Level 9-2)

Planet 9 focuses on verbs. Level 9-1 begins with present tense verbs that are also high-frequency words (touch, leave, represent, describe, pull, laugh, suggest, decide, climb, and finish). Level 9-2 moves to verbs that end with a silent e which drops when an -ing ending is added. The words in this level are dancing, driving, making, loving, caring, hoping, riding, smiling, saving, and serving.

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Homophones (Levels 8-5 to 8-8)

Levels 8-5 through 8-8 focus on homophones.

These levels, ideally, would be a resource for teachers to use alongside some instruction about homophones. Although the fact that we always put words in context with a sentence to support their meaning is especially helpful when it comes to homophones, we still encourage additional vocabulary work on these tricky words. An art project like the one shown below, where each student illustrates one homophone pair, would work beautifully alongside these Rocket Spelling levels!

homophone student art

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