is a fun find that helps students learn the parts of speech. In Grammaropolis, all of the characters are a different part of speech. Students will “meet” Adverb, Linking Verb, Pronoun, Adjective, Preposition, Slang, Noun, Conjunction, Interjection, and Action Verb. Each character is personified with personalities inspired by their grammatical roles in a sentence. The characters interact with each other the same way that parts of speech interact in a sentence, brilliant! Each character has a character card that tells a story about them. Students can watch short Grammaropolis videos starring the characters (parts of speech) that live there. Students can take Grammaropolis quizzes, complete word sorts, and color the characters of Grammaropolis in an online coloring book in the games section. Students will enjoy the fun Grammaropolis song featuring all of the characters of Grammaropolis. Coming soon, students will be able to read a book series starring the Grammaropolis characters.

Origin of Punctuation Marks


is a fantastic visual vocabulary site that offers students illustrations that help students understand vocabulary. I believe that everyone remembers concepts better when they are surrounded by story. Think about a tsunami. What comes to mind is probably not a word for word definition of the word but images, and stories about tsunamis. You probably think about the destruction that they cause, a story you heard from someone affected by a tsunami. Because we make deeper connections with stories, it only makes sense to offer students vocabulary words with a visual aid that will help them create story references and pictures. Each vocabulary word is accompanied by a sketch of the word, a definition of the word, a history of the word, the pronunciation, and situational uses of the word. There is a limited number of words pictured, but it should help students to build up a stronger vocabulary and word fluency. Each day a new vocabulary word is featured on the Weboword home page. Students can also review past vocabulary words on the “vocabulary” page. Students can complete crossword puzzles based on the Weboword vocabulary.

Crossword Puzzle Links

Grammar Handbook
Grammar Bytes

Help Me 2 Learn: Grammar is an outstanding way for students to learn the difference between nouns, pronouns, verbs and adjectives. Help Me 2 Learn is actually a pay for learning website, but Grammar 1 is a full demo of the grammar game for FREE! This is an incredible interactive that will help your students learn four parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. The interactive has a baseball theme and begins with some coach time where your students learn about the different parts of speech. Each part of speech is introduced by the coach and accompanied by several interactive examples. Students get a single when they learn about nouns, a double when they learn about pronouns, a triple when they learn adjectives, and a home run when they learn about verbs. There is a speed round game where students will play a game identifying parts of speech they have learned. Finally, students can do a word sort in the Home Run Derby game. This game is truly impressive, especially considering that it is FREE to use with your students!

BBC Skillwise
Interactive games on range of English skills

Figures of Speech
Figures of speech are ways of using words and phrases to add interest and 'colour' to what you are saying or writing. They vary in different countries and regions. Here are some of the main types. Some of the examples can be included in more than one category, e.g., colloquialisms overlap with idiomatic terms. This page also explains some items which are not usually called figures of speech but which also colour your writing.

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format & Interactive Activities

Nouns, verbs, adjectives, synonyms ..Enter a word and see the results!

My English lessons
Web Links
Web Links

Punctuation & Grammar

How to use colons and semi colons

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
A punctuation game

Punctuation and Capitalisation

330 Grammar Topics

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation



Some Common Errors to Avoid

Writing Errors

Common Writing Errors

Grammar When You Need It

Salzmann Grammar Homepage

Guide to Grammar and Writing


Using Spelling Instruction to Improve Literacy Outcomes

Hard Spell - BBC Game

Welcome to the Spelling Bee!

This set of activities is like an old-fashioned Spelling Bee.
Contestants -- that's you! -- in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.
If you get stumped, you can click to hear a word again, as many times as you need to. If you're in grade three or higher, you can ask for a definition too. Since words often make more sense when they are attached to an idea, all the words in the story or sentences are in context.
Review the words, hear the audio, and SPELL the missing words. Make sure to check your SPELLING carefully, since your results will be calculated at the end.

Free Spelling Games

Spin and Spell

English Spelling Games and Activities

Don't be put off by the junior activities at the start of this page, scroll down and you will find heaps of interactive spelling games.

Desktop Spelling

A game to help elementary students review spelling.

Literacy Activities

Interactive spelling games. This site uses British spelling.

Quiz Hub

Fun online interactive learning quizzes for vocabulary (including SAT vocabulary) and spelling.

Spell, Shoot, and Score

This spelling game helps K-5 students review targeted words before a test.

Spelling Bank Activities

Online interactive activities to help students master spelling.

Spelling Battleship

Students review spelling in the manner of a popular game.

Spelling City

An online interactive site. Use their word lists (grades 1-8) or create your own. Students can hear the word pronounced, play spelling games, and test themselves. High school students who want to improve their spelling can still use the site, but with patience: the site records which words people ask for and updates the database monthly.


From the BBC: interactive online activities and printable resources which teach spelling strategies, rules and patterns for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Online Exercises - Vocabulary Sorted by Type

VocabSushi: The Better Way To Build Your Vocabulary

Memorizing new words is easier when you see them used in a real world context. VocabSushi lets you do just that. It is a free interactive vocabulary builder, which lets build your vocabulary by seeing word usage in the daily news.
You can practice words by filling out the sentence completion questions and learn the correct word pronunciations by playing the MP3 files. Words have been compiled from the actual word sets used in ISEE, ACT, GRE and other standardized tests that feature vocabulary sections.
Similar website: WordAhead.

Vocabulary Videos

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We have started beta testing with more than
515 Vocabulary Videos. Our goal is to include several thousand vocab videos for SAT / ACT level words in the coming months. Join us, its FREE!


Another fantastic visual dictionary, Visuwords shows a graphical representation of words and word relationships. Students can view word meanings and associations. Search for any word and immediately get word connections, find out which words are similar, an instance of, a substance of, a part of, a member of, a verb group, an opposite, a causes, entails, and offers suggestions for other words to see. Parts of speech are color coordinated so students can tell at a glance which part of speech the word is. When students hover the mouse over a word the definition pops up on the word.


Lexipedia is an amazing site for learning about words and word relationships. Just type in a word to look it up on Lexipedia and in seconds you will have a web of words complete with definitions. Lexipedia gives all nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, fuzzynyms, synonyms, and antonyms for the word. Students can choose to see all of these words at once or choose to show only one type of result. When students hover their mouse over a word, the definition pops up over the word. Students get an immediate visual of word relationships.

Whomp - Word Game

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Vocabulary Word Scramble

Merriam-Webster’s Word Central has a few fun drill-and-practice games that you can share with students.
Robo-Bee uses context clues to help students choose the correct word from other similar choices:
Reviewing Homophones
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Jumble Kids is similar to the newspaper puzzle:external image moz-screenshot-2.jpg
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Where words have meaning. Enter a word and find adverbs, nouns, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms etc for the word

16 Websites to Super Charge Your English Vocabulary
When it comes to online resources to improve your English language skills, there are millions of tools available. They range from software, tools, blogs, dictionaries, puzzles and much more. In this post I primarily mention websites which fall in the dictionary / thesaurus category. I'll preserve the other resources for another post.

Word Play
Sites that feature fun with words

A free resources to enhance vocabulary mastery. Word puzzles and activities.

Word Racer

The Dictionary Game

Pictionary comes to the classroom.

Learning Vocabulary can be Fun

This interactive site offers a variety of games using words assigned by category (animals, food, geography, etc.). Depending on the game and words chosen, these are appropriate for up to about 7th grade.

Prefixes Say Plenty

Interactive exercises that help students understand the role of 10 prefixes. These activities are designed for adult learners but will work with middle school and above.


In these online lessons, students choose definitions of words based on their suffixes and on context clues, make new words by adding a suffix to a root word, and use suffixes to complete words. These activities are designed for adult learners but will work with middle school and above.


Software to build vocabulary quizzes. Click on "Vocabulary Test" for free online quizzes.

Free vocabulary puzzles with interdisciplinary emphasis. Better suited to secondary.

Vocabulary Builder

Online, interactive practice with words from tests like SAT, GRE, and GMAT. Includes definition, words in context, and practice with antonyms.


Looking for a sponge activity to develop vocabulary? This one is designed for middle school/high school and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.

Take Our Word For It

A weekly etymology publication. Interactive.

Word Origins

Looking for the origin of an expression such as busman's holiday or at sixes and sevens? This site offers answers.

Word Activities

Crossword Maker
EclipseCrossword is the fast, easy,
free way to create crossword puzzles in minutes. It's never been simpler—just give EclipseCrossword a list of words and clues, and it does the rest. In seconds, you'll have a crossword puzzle with just the words you want.

Word Games
A variety of online word games - individual, multi player

English Word Games

Free Crossword Puzzle Builders


Dr Grammar FAQ
The Dr. Grammar Frequently Asked Questions page contains answers to questions previously asked of Dr. Grammar that may provide help with your grammar questions. This page gives a lot of good advice, like when to use affect or effect.

Common Errors in English

Confusing Words

Grammar Games