What's New

- we have changed the keyboard layout to QWERTY
- we have changed the icon of the application
- we have added a parental gate for in-app purchase
- minor bug fixes

App Description

Designed for Educators and Speech Language Pathologists who are working with students learning english, this app can be used in the classroom and home. The app includes a wide variety of words appropriate for third grade - see below for a full list.

A variety of scaffolding support has been built in including the following:

- 3 hint modes: letter, vowel or consonant, and vowel or consonant and letter
- normal and slow pronunciation for each word (tap on the sound button to hear the slow pronunciation)
- uppercase and lowercase options

This app uses a QWERTY keyboard layout. As a result of the built-in scaffolding, this app can be used for different levels of spellers. The variety of scaffolding support make this spelling app stand out. This is great for tutoring and independent play in the classroom.

The reward at the end of each level is a short optional balloon popping game. Pop as many balloons as you can in 30 seconds to see who has the fastest fingers.

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About Tapfun

Tapfun works with educators to produce educational apps for elementary school children. Our apps are designed to complement and supplement school curricula.


Below is a partial list of the words for each level:

Level 1-2 - Various Sounds of O.
comma, dogged, doctor, copper, fodder, foster, ponder, cornet, organ, sordid, formal, forty, morning, humor, juror, tumor, stupor, tutor, lucid, student, stupid, lunar, butter, mutter, rudder

Level 3-5 - Various Sounds of U.
shutter, suffer, supper, mummy, musket, number, stutter, murder, murmur, turban, turnip, turkey, curly, furry, furnish, burden, prudent, frugal, truly, truant, ruin, ruby, brutal, gruel

Level 6-10 - Various Vowel Sounds
proof, furl, hurl, turn, churn, hurt, curl, deck, neck, next, text, desk, nest, husk, musk, rusk, stung, pluck, chill, drill, quill, skill, spill

Level 11-28 - Words Accented on the last Syllable.
cadet, defend, depend, repel, attend, consent, compel, behind, beside, derive, recite, retire, revile, revive, connive, excite, recede, concrete, compete, concede, convene, impede, unseen, supreme, release

iPad Screenshots

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Third Grade Spelling with Scaffolding screenshot 1 Third Grade Spelling with Scaffolding screenshot 2 Third Grade Spelling with Scaffolding screenshot 3 Third Grade Spelling with Scaffolding screenshot 4 Third Grade Spelling with Scaffolding screenshot 5

App Changes

  • June 17, 2014 Initial release