How to Host a Schoolwide Spelling Bee with Spellzone

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Would you like to launch a spelling bee competition for your school, academy trust, or school district? Spellzone's multiplayer function allows you to effortlessly host spelling bee competitions to engage students while supporting spelling development. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up and executing a spelling bee event using Spellzone. Whether you're aiming to showcase your school's top spellers or foster friendly competition between schools, Spellzone will ensure your event runs seamlessly.

Let’s get started…

Enabling Multiplayer Games on Your Spellzone Account

Before diving into your competition, make sure multiplayer games are switched on in your school's Spellzone account settings. If multiple schools are competing, each school will need to change their settings individually.

To enable multiplayer games on Spellzone:

  • Log into your Spellzone school account.
  • Click on ‘Account’ in the blue bar.
  • Navigate to ‘Edit details’ in the ‘Word Lists and games’ section.
  • Select ‘Enabled’ from the ‘Multiplayer games’ drop-down menu
  • Press ‘Submit’ to save the changes.

Spelling Bee Format

A spelling bee typically consists of several rounds, each increasing in difficulty. 

Here is a suggested format:

Round One - Open to All or Selected Students:

  • Notify your students of the competition date and time
  • Choose or create a word list and launch a multiplayer game 
  • Students log in at the designated time and click on ‘Word Lists
  • Students join the game from the ‘Multiplayer games’ box
  • Start the game once all students have joined.

Round Two - Top Students from Round One:

  • Choose or create a more challenging word list
  • Notify the top-scoring students from Round One individually.
  • Follow the same steps as Round One to host the game.

Semi-final and Final:

  • Prepare even more difficult word lists for these rounds.
  • Notify the finalists of the competition date and time.
  • Host the semi-final and final rounds following the same procedure.

Launching a Multiplayer Game

Launching a multiplayer game is straightforward on Spellzone:

  • Log into Spellzone
  • Choose or create a word list 
  • Click on the ‘Games’ tab
  • Choose the ‘Spelling Bee’ game (or any game with a green ‘M’ icon next to it)
  • Click on ‘Host a multiplayer game
  • Wait for players to join 
  • Once your players are ready, click on ‘Start the multiplayer game’.   

Available Word Lists:

Spellzone offers a wide range of word lists suitable for spelling bee competitions. 

Here are some examples:

To ensure you have the flexibility to customise your spelling bee competition, all Spellzone word lists can be adapted to suit your specific needs before use in any multiplayer game. 

Hosting a spelling bee has never been easier with Spellzone's multiplayer function. We hope this guide will help you engage your students in a fun and educational contest to enhance their spelling skills and foster friendly competition. Happy spelling!

28 Mar 2024
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"Spellzone fits in beautifully with our Scope and Sequence of Phonological Awareness and Spelling. It also aligns perfectly with the four areas of spelling knowledge and uses the Brain, Ears, Eyes approach to learning spelling."
Thank you!

Teacher, Australia