Orthography Resources

These are links to the most commonly used online resources when conducting word investigations.  We also keep our classroom reference shelf stocked with word-origin/definition type books.

Chambers Dictionary

Collins Dictionary

Etymonline – Online Etymology Dictionary

Neil Ramsden’s Word Searcher

Mini Matrix-Maker

Interactive Suffix Checker

Robertson’s Words for a Modern Age


Word Works – Kingston, CA

At Word Works there are great videos to watch, as well as links to current Real Spelling moments in classrooms around the world.

Real Spelling

This is where I learned the true meaning of scholarship!  There are classes available on Greek and Latin as they pertain to orthography.  There are other fascinating classes as well.

Real Spellers

Real Spellers is a place where people post their questions about spellings, and where others can reply.  There is lots of great information here.

Sound Literacy

Great lessons demonstrated on an ipad app!

Learning About Spelling

An excellent site where anyone can go to learn about how our spelling system really works.  Such clear explanations!

Facebook Group – Structured Word Inquiry in the Classroom

Ask to join this group and get in on conversations about integrating SWI.  No matter what age the children you work with, there will be others willing to share what they have been doing and the wonderful results they have seen!

Facebook Group – Structured Word Inquiry

Ask to join this group.  Join the conversations about SWI.  Many people are part of these facebook groups and love to get a good discussion going!

Level Up Ed

Interesting and enjoyable blog posts about word inquiries.  Also offers services dealing with math!

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