Welcome to School Zone's SpellDown Flash Action Software!
 
 
In this Read Me document, you will find the following:
 
Age Level Ages 6-8
 
Educational Goal:
  The goal of SpellDown is to help children practice their spelling skills through a variety of problem types that appeal to different learning styles.
 
Educational Skills:
    • Word Recognition
    • Spelling
    • Spelling Patterns
    • Letter Sounds
    • Reasoning
    • Problem Solving
 
Key Features:
    • School Zone Interactive software keeps children actively engaged.
    • Educators developed this electronic drilling software, which contains the most current and essential skills, content, and approaches.
 
Additional Features:
    • The unique design and great sound effects appeal to children.
    • The simple program design allows children to work independently.
    • Learning is reinforced with audio and animated rewards.
    • Audio and visual feedback indicates if an answer is correct or incorrect.
 
Starting SpellDown:
  The software begins with a log-in screen. Type your name in the blue area and click on the green 'GO' button. The program will offer you a chance to play against the computer or add another player. To play a single player game, just click on the green ‘GO’ button. To add another player, click on the blue ‘PLAYER 2’ button. Then type player two’s name in the blue box and click on the green ‘GO’ button.
 
One-Player Game:
  After the log-in, the one-player game will show a short demonstration of how to play.

Click on the green ‘START’ button. The computer will show you the word list for the first round. Read along with the computer to study the words.

You must buzz in to answer. To buzz in, type any letter key on the keyboard. Once you have buzzed in, the red indicator light will glow and you will have 30 seconds on the stopwatch to answer the question.

If you answer the question correctly, you will receive points. The faster you answer, the more points you will get. If you answer the question incorrectly or take longer than 30 seconds, the computer will get a chance to answer the question.

 

  Completing SpellDown:
  The game will end after 10 rounds or 5 minutes, whichever comes first. The player with the most points wins. When the game ends, the Hall of Fame Leader Board will appear and show the high scores.
 
Two-Player Game:
  After the log-in, the two-player game will show a short demonstration of how to play.

Click on the green ‘START’ button. The computer will show you the word list for the first round. Read along with the computer to study the words.

You must buzz in to answer. Player One needs to buzz in by typing any letter key on the left side of the keyboard. Player Two needs to buzz in by typing any letter key on the right side of the keyboard. If Player One buzzes in first, the red indicator light will glow. If Player Two buzzes in first, the blue indicator light will glow. The first player to buzz in will get 30 seconds on the stopwatch to answer the question.

If you answer the question correctly, you will receive points. The faster you answer, the more points you will get. If you answer the question incorrectly or take longer than 30 seconds, the other player will get a chance to answer the question.

 

  Completing SpellDown:
  The game will end after 10 rounds or 5 minutes, whichever comes first. The player with the most points wins. When the game ends, the Hall of Fame Leader Board will appear and show the high scores.
 
Directions for the Learning Activities and Software:
  Problem Types:
 
    • Word Search
      The goal of this activity is to find the spelling word hidden in the puzzle. Once you have buzzed in, use your mouse to click on each letter of the hidden spelling word to select it. If you click on a wrong letter, just click on it again to deselect it. When you have clicked on all of the letters of the spelling word, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
    • Unscramble the Word
      In this activity, you will be given a spelling word with its letters scrambled and a matching number of empty boxes. Your job is to unscramble the spelling word and spell it correctly. After you have buzzed in, use your mouse to move the letters into the boxes in the correct order. When you think you have the word spelled correctly, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
    • Listen & Spell
      Listen carefully! The goal of this activity is to hear the word and then spell the word. After you have buzzed in, use the keyboard to type the spelling word in the space provided. When you are done, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
    • Fix the Word
      In this activity, you will be given a list of three words. One of these words is spelled incorrectly. The goal is to find and correct the misspelled word. Once you have buzzed in, click on the misspelled word or you can type 1, 2, or 3 on the keyboard to select the first, second, or third word. Use the keyboard to type the spelling word correctly in the space provided. When you are finished, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
    • Fill in the Blank/What's the Word
      Listen as the computer reads a sentence. One of the spelling words will be used in the sentence. After you have buzzed in, use the keyboard to type the spelling word in the space provided. When you are finished, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
    • Guess the Word
      Can you guess this word? The computer will show a row of empty boxes. Letters will begin to randomly fill in the boxes with one of the spelling words. When you think you know the word, buzz in and use your keyboard to type the spelling word correctly in the space provided. When you are finished, press the Enter/Return key or click on the pink ‘ENTER’ button to the right of the stopwatch.
 
  Pausing the Game:
  You can pause the game at any time by clicking on the red 'PAUSE' button. To continue playing, click on the green 'START' button.
 
  Built-In Word List:
  To review SpellDown’s built-in word list, click on the yellow button with a picture of a word list at the top of the screen. The words are sorted alphabetically. Use the purple arrows at the top and bottom of the screen to scroll through the words, or you can use the alphabet on the left side of the screen to move quickly to different sections of the list.
  If you would like to print the built-in word list, click on the blue ‘PRINT’ button.
 
  My Word List (Add Your Own Spelling Words):
  To add your own spelling words, click on the green ‘My Words’ switch and then click on the pink button with a picture of a word list at the top of the screen. Click on one of the 12 spaces provided to add your spelling words. If you are already on the built-in word list screen and would like to add your own spelling words, click on the pink ‘My Words’ button at the top left corner of the screen. Follow the directions given to enter your spelling words.
  Once you have added your own spelling words, you can print your word list by clicking on the blue ‘PRINT’ button.
  When you are done, click on the ‘OK’ button.
 
  Ending SpellDown:
  You can end the program at any time. If you want to end the program, click on the orange 'EXIT' arrow. Then choose between ‘GAME OVER’, print the game score, select players for a new game, or continue play.
 
  Help:    If you need help, click on the purple speaker.
 
 
Technical Support:
  If you experience problems using this software, you can e-mail us at support@schoolzone.com or call us at 1-616-846-9601.

Support Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST

Additional support is always available online at: www.schoolzone.com/support

Please have the following information available for technical support:
 
  • Operating system
  • CPU type and speed
  • Amount of RAM
  • Available hard drive space
  • CD-ROM speed
 
Minimum System Requirements:
  Windows® Vista, XP, 2000
  Pentium® III 1GHz (or equivalent)
  256MB of RAM
  800x600 32-bit color video
  16-bit sound card
  700MB of available disk space
  CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
  Mac® OSX 10.5, 10.4.11, 10.3.9
  Power PC™ G4 933MHz (or equivalent)
  256MB of RAM
  800x600 32-bit color video
  700MB of available disk space
  CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
 
 
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