Custom Word List

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Find out more about using the custom word list by selecting one of the options below:

 

 

 

 

How can I use the Custom Word List?

 

Using the Custom Word List allows you to set fun activities for your students to practice their spelling words or work on words they might be struggling with.

 

When creating a Custom Word List, we recommend setting at least 10 words. This is because, on average, students will normally answer 10 questions within a game. You can chose fewer than 10 words, though this may cause some of the words to repeat during the game.

 

Once your students have answered all the selected words correctly within the given time frame, the activity will be listed as completed on their account.

 

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How do I create a Custom Word List activity?

 

Log onto your teacher account and set the Custom Word List activity following the guide below.

Please note: by default, the subject displayed on your account will be Math. Here is how you can change the subject to Spelling.

Step 1: Click ‘Set Work’.  Annotation_2020-05-19_142906.png
Step 2: Click ‘CREATE & VIEW’ in the ‘Custom Word Lists’ box.  Annotation_2020-05-25_120825a.png

Step 3: Selecting Your Class (optional) 

You will now be able to set work for your selected class.

 

If you are assigned to more than one class, here is how you can change the class displayed.

If you need to be assigned to more classes, click here for a how-to guide.

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Step 4: Split students into groups (optional: if you do not wish split the students into groups, you can skip to Step 5.)

If you would like to personalize the skills for the students within the class, click on 'Split Students into Groups'.

You can also use this option if you would like to assign the activity to an individual student in the class.

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Step 4 (a): Under Group 1, click 'ADD STUDENTS'. You can now select the student you would like to assign the same set of words to.

Click 'Done'

 

Repeat the same process for the other groups.

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Step 4 (b): If you only want to assign the activity to an individual student or a few students, follow Step 4 (a).

Next to Group 2 click on the red 'X' to remove the Group.

Only the student you have added to Group 1 will have the activity appear on their account.

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Step 5: Click on 'CHOOSE WORDS'.

You will now be able to key in the word or a partial word.

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Tick the skills you would like students in the group to work on and click 'Done'.

 

We normally recommend that you select at least 10 words. This is to prevent the same word from being repeated during the same game.

Step 6: Scroll down and, under 'Title', key in a title for your activity.

 

We recommend a title which is relates to the topic and makes sense for your students, as they will see this.

The title will be the same for all the students.

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Step 7: Select the 'Available from' date. This is when the activity will start and appear on your student's account.

Set the 'Available until' date. This is when the activity will end.

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Step 8: Click 'SET CHALLENGE' to create the activity.

 

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When creating the Custom Word List, do make sure that you have set up the details correctly. Once you have created the activity you will not be able to edit it.

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Can I edit the  Custom word list once it is created?

 

No. Once the Custom word list is created, you will not be able to edit the activity or view the words included.

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How can I view the results from the Custom word list activity?

 

Please note: by default, the subject displayed on your account will be Math. Here is how you can change the subject to Spelling.

Once you have logged into your teacher account you will be able to view the results for the activity by following the guide below:

Step 1: Click ‘Set Work’.  Annotation_2020-05-19_142906.png
Step 2: Click ‘CREATE & VIEW’ in the ‘Custom Word Lists’ box.  Annotation_2020-05-25_120825a.png
Step 3: Under the heading 'Your Challenges' click on the downwards pointy arrow on the right.  Annotation_2020-05-25_161414a.png
Step 4: Click 'View details'  Annotation_2020-05-25_161613.png

Step 5: A pie chart will be displayed detailing how many children have:

  • Started
  • Completed
  • Not started 

Scroll down and you will be able to view:

  • Questions attempted
  • Questions correct
  • Accuracy
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Step 6: Click ‘Done’ to return to your dashboard.

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How can I make sure my students work on the Custom Word List I created?

 

If your students have not had any other activities set for them, the Custom Word List you created will automatically appear on their dashboard. If they have had other activities set for them, then they can select your Custom Word list by clicking on Tasks to view a list of their available activities.

On your teacher account there is the option to restrict your class to a specific activity. Once you have logged into your teacher account:

Step 1: Click ‘Set work’.  Annotation_2020-05-19_142906.png

Step 2: Select ‘Live Controls’.

 

If you are assigned to more than one class, here is how you can change the class displayed.

If you need to be assigned to more classes, click here for a how-to guide.

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Step 3: Click ‘RESTRICT’ in the Focus Work box.

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Step 4: To restrict your students to a Challenge, tick the ‘Challenges and Competitions’ option. 


You can select multiple activities.


Your students will be restricted to the selected activity (or activities) for one hour.

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Step 5: Click ‘Restrict’ to confirm.

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How can my students answer questions on Custom word list?

 

Once a student is logged into their account, they can participate in the Custom word lists activity as follows:

Step 1: Click ‘Tasks’.  Annotation_2020-05-22_144305a.png

Step 2: Select the activity from the Tasks list.

In this example, the Custom Word List is tilted 'Word List Week 5'.

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Step 3: Click ‘Start’.  Annotation_2020-05-25_163148.png
Step 4: Select a Sumdog game to play. The questions asked in the game will be based on the words you have selected for that student.  Annotation_2020-05-22_144902.png

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Common questions 

 

I am not able to find the words I want my students to focus on. Can I add in my own words?

As all our spelling words are recorded by a live voice artist, you will not be able to input your own words. Currently, we have over 4,000 words to choose from. We are reviewing these and adding in additional words every few months.

 

 

Do I need to set a correct answer target for my students to work towards?

No. In the Spelling Custom Word Lists, the number of questions your students are asked will depend on how many words you have selected for them.

For example, if you have selected 20 words for your students to work on, the activity will end once your students have spelt all of those 20 words correctly.

If they spell a word incorrectly, they will be asked to spell that word again at a later stage in the activity.

 

 

Can I set more than one activity for my students? 

Yes, you can. On their dashboard, your students will see the activity which is ending the soonest. However, they can click on their Tasks list to view all the activities they have available. They will just need to select the activity they would like to work on.

 

 

How can my students differentiate between the Spelling, Grammar and Math activities?

At the top left of each activity in their tasks list, your students will see an icon. The dice with the ABC indicates a Spelling activity, a book icon indicates a Grammar activity and the mathematical symbols indicate a Math activity.

 

 

My students can’t see the  activity I created

If your student is not able to view the activity you have set them in their tasks list, first ensure your student is logging into the correct Sumdog account.

 

Check the login details that your student is using, and ensure they’re not automatically logging onto an old or inactive account. 

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