How do I use Custom Word Lists?

You can use custom word lists to allow your students to practice their spelling words or work on words they might be struggling with

When creating a Custom word list you choose words that your pupils will practice whilst playing Sumdog games. We recommend setting at least 10 words in each list. This is because, on average, pupils will answer 10 questions within a game.


How to create a new custom word list

  1. Ensure Spelling is selected on your Teacher Dashboard and go into Set Work

    Set work for spelling

  2. Click 'create & view' in the Custom Word Lists box

    custom word lists box

  3. Click 'choose word list'. This will bring up a list of the custom word lists that have already been created by teachers in your school 

    choose word list button

  4. To create a new word list, click 'new word list'

    new word list button

  5. Type in a spelling word in the search box. If the word is in our system, it will appear below the search box. Click the word to add it to your list. The words you've added will appear in pink on the right

    custom word list words

  6. Once you've added all the words you'd like to include in your list, name your word list by typing the name into the text box on the right

    custom word list name text box

  7. Click 'save this list

    save this list button

How to set a challenge using a custom word list

  1. Go into Set Work
  2. Click 'create & view' in the Custom Word Lists box

    custom word lists box

  3. Click 'choose' next to the Students box. This will bring up the student chooser popup.

    custom word lists choose student

  4. You can click on the name of a class in the popup to expand it to show all the students in that class. Select the students you want to include in the challenge, and click 'done'

    assessment student chooser

  5. Click 'choose word list

    choose word list button

  6. Click 'choose' to the right of the word list you'd like to use

    list of custom word lists

  7. Choose a title and date/time for your challenge, and click 'set challenge'

    custom word list settings