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Skills & content: 

Awareness of sounds in words (phonological awareness), letter-sound relationships, spelling, reading.


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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 for students of K-12+ students who want to improve their reading and spelling of words.

Download WordUP! today to explore all the sounds of spoken English, discover different ways each spoken sound is represented in printed words, and improve decoding skills, reading fluency, and spelling accuracy. Adjust settings and select words to support your student at the appropriate level.

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



Compatible with Apple iPad running iOS 7.1 or later.


unlimited uses: 

Introduce or reinforce a new concept; use as engaging warm up activity and during breaks between other learning activities; supplement classroom instruction; deliver teacher-facilitated intervention, assign practice in school or at home. View and share more ideas in our SPELL-Link'd forum. If using WordUP! in conjunction with SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing, the featured game correlates directly with the No Fouls! strategy (SPELL-Links strategy #6) to develop awareness of phoneme-grapheme correspondences and simultaneously strengthens phonological awareness, vocabulary, and mental orthographic images of words to improve reading fluency and spelling accuracy.

​​​On the Settings screen (shown above), select and listen to any English sound, like the long vowel ‘e’ sound you hear in "bee".  You can also select the number of syllables (1 to 5+), grade level (K/1 to 7+), and familiarity of words to be presented for play.

On the Play screen (shown above), say the displayed word out loud and touch the letter or letters that spell the selected sound in that word.

“I love that the students really have to think in order to use the app.”

"Very easy to use and students love it." 

"WordUP! provides great practice with finding the letters that make the sounds."

"I used this app to complement a SPELL-Links lesson on the short vowel u sound and to review sounds previously taught last year. It was great to watch the students and I was quickly able to assess them."

"We use WordUP! as an 'electronic worksheet' for decoding practice."

"Much like IXL Math, there are multiple exposures to specific orthographic features and the content could be tailored to specific targets - very easy to select. Additionally, I love the very straightforward graphics (not alot of "noise") which allowed for much more focus on targeted orthographic features than on winning a game."

"Great for in-school independent work."

A combination of colorful graphics and engaging sound effects lets you know if your response was correct. Earn graphical rewards for correct responses.

Challenge yourself to correctly identify the letter or letters that spell the selected sound on five words in a row!


target audience: 

Fun for everyone and ideal for students of any age who need to improve their reading and spelling. Also perfect for English Language Learners. Use 1:1, in small or large groups, and at independent work stations.

Receive feedback and correct mistakes before moving to the next word.