Spelling Words – All you need to know.

Spelling Bee Ninja heavily relies on Spelling Words list.


spelling bee words

Words list are word sets than can be named, saved and used for studying and taking spelling tests.

Spelling lists can be printed, embedded on web pages and shared with classmates.

Spelling lists can be public, private or visible only to students belonging to a user’s account.

The following paragraphs explain how to handle spelling lists with SBN.

My Words section

My words” is a temporary list used as a basket to store words that will then be saved as Spelling Words Lists.

You will meet a lot of words while navigating the SBN web app; for instance in report cards or while using the search engine or while browsing the “Words and Lists” section of the website.

Close to each word you will often find a button “Add Word” or “Add to my words” with a basket icon.

Pressing that button will add the related word in your basket, if the word is already present in “My Words”, you will find a “Remove” button instead.

Please keep in mind that “My Words” is just a temporary area and will delete your spelling words each time your session expires.

You can access to your temporary list anytime clicking “My Words” on top menu, the page will show the words contained in the list, the corresponding grade and the following action buttons:

My Spelling Words
Functions available in “My Words” Page

Copies the words contained in My Words in the device clipboard, separated by comma “,”, ready to be pasted somewhere else (a text file, a spreadsheet etc.)

Saves the words into a new spelling words list, a dialog box will appear asking to specify a name and a visibility scope, also see the paragraph “Create and delete a spelling list”.

Add to List
Adds the words to an existing spelling words list, check the next paragraph for further details on how to create new lists.

Import words
Import an arbitrary text snippet into “My Words”, for instance words you got from the Merriam Webster dictionary or from anywhere else.

Imported words could then be saved as a spelling list, check the next paragraph for details on importing lists.

Delete all the words contained in “My Words”.

Working with spelling lists

Now that we explained the purpose of “My Words“ section, we are ready to have a deeper look to spelling lists related operations.
Your personal spelling list section is accessible from your account menu (the one labeled with your user name) click “My Spelling List.

From here you have access to the features related to your Spelling bee words lists, described in the following paragraphs.

Create and delete a Spelling List

To create a new spelling list, click the “Create new list” button on top of the page, the spelling bee creation dialog will appear:


Spelling List Creation Dialog
Spelling Bee List Creation Dialog


Specify a name for your list and a visibility; the visibility can be private, visible to students and public.

Private List
Choose “Keep this list private” if you want the spelling words visibility to be limited to your account, hidden from everybody else.

Visible to students
If you are a teacher and want the spelling words to be used by your invited students but hidden from everybody else, then choose “Make this list visible only to my students”.

Public lists
The third option labeled “Make this list visible to all the students of the world” will make your list public.
A public list can be viewed (not edited) by anyone that knows the list address.

A public list could be marked as “featured” by SBN staff and appear in the Featured List section of the website.

A public list can be embedded on any website by adding an html code snippet (see Embed a list into a webpage paragraph).

Click “Create” to proceed, your newly created list will be listed in the page, lists are alphabetically ordered.

Delete a list

To delete a previously created spelling list, from “My Spelling Lists” page, you can use the red button marked by a trash can icon corresponding to the list you want to be deleted.

Viewing and Editing spelling lists

To view a list from “My Spelling lists” page, click the list name in the table.

To edit a list for adding words or changing attributes, click the edit button in the corresponding row.

The image below shows the options available in view mode:


List Options
View Spelling List Options


When viewing a spelling words  list, you can switch to edit mode by pressing the “Edit” button on the top.

From the edit page, switch back to view mode by clicking the link labeled with the name of the list at the beginning of the page.

The image below shows the options available in edit mode:


Edit List Options
Edit List Options


When in edit mode, use the “Change” button to change the attributes of your spelling list such as list name and visibility.

Add and import words to a list

There are two ways to add words to a list:

The first way is collecting the words into “My Words” section and then choosing the “Save” or “Add to List” (see paragraph My Words section).
The second method is to add your words directly into the list using the “Import words” feature.

To import words into your list,

First reach the Edit page for your list.

Click “My Spelling lists” under your account,

Then click the edit button corresponding to your list in the table.

To open the import dialog, click the “Import words” button at the top of the page:


Import Words Dialog
Import Words Dialog


Enter in the text area the words you’d like to import in your spelling list.

You can also paste them from another source like a web page or a text file.

Valid word separators are spaces, tabs, newlines, special characters, each word has to be at least three characters long and must be composed only of letters from the English alphabet.

Press Ok when ready to import, the words will be added to your spelling list.

After import, the system will present a report of the words imported, the skipped ones and eventual errors occurred.

Remove words from a list

To remove specific words from a list, first reach the list page in Edit mode,  then  click the “Remove” button corresponding to the word you want to remove.

In case you want to remove all the words contained in a list, click the “Empty” button, as shown in the image below.


Remove Words from Spelling List
Remove Words from Spelling List

Take a Spelling test with a given list

Spelling Bee Ninja allows you to take spelling tests using your custom spelling lists.
Choose the “Spelling Test” option from a spelling list page (in both view and edit mode) to take a spelling test using that list.
The new spelling bee dialog will pop up and the selected spelling list will be preset under the “Words Source” option, set the other options and press “Start Test” to start your spelling test.
In case the spelling list used as words source contains less than the words necessary for the spelling test (that is the number of words set by the “Words per test” option), SBN will provide the missing words accordingly with the spelling test parameters (such as student grade, difficulty level and so on).
The spelling test result will be marked as personal (see  here the Spelling test options  paragraph for further details).

Flash cards

The “Flash Card” button will show up a dialog containing Flash Cards for the words in the curent list.
Use this feature to memorize the words you have to learn, especially the one contained in the “Error List”.

Use the arrows on the sides to slide to next or previous card, on each card:

  1. Click the word to open the word’s page in another tab/window.
  2. Click the speaker icon just beneath the word to listen the pronunciation of the word.
  3. Use the “Go to” drop down to jump to any word in the spelling list.


spelling bee flashcards
Flashcards window

Embed a Spelling Words list into a web page

Custom Spelling Lists created with spelling bee ninja can be embedded in third party website. This feature provides a useful and easy to share spelling related homeworks with your students or to create words list pages in your own website in a snap.

The embedded list is presented as a table and has responsive layout to correctly show data on all kind of devices: desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

The embedded list will contain


  • The words, linking to the word card in SBN. The page will eventually open in a new browser tab.
  • Speaker icons to hear the right pronunciations of the words.
  • The difficulty level (from Grade 1 to Grade 8 then High School and Very difficult).


To allow a list to be embedded into an external web page you have to set the list visibility to Public.

If your list is not public, please change its visibility.

Once you set the list as Public, choose the “Embed” button from in the list page (in view mode).

A dialog containing the html code for the list will pop up as in the image below.


HTML code to Embed a Spelling List into your website
HTML code to Embed a Spelling List into your website


Copy the html code in the dialog and paste it into your webpage.

If you want you can change the width and the height of the list within your page.

The list embedding service is provided for free to every SBN user.

Featured Spelling Bee Words Lists

This section of the Spelling Bee Ninja website offers public spelling lists that are well crafted by the SBN team.

These lists are available to be used by every user.

To access to the featured lists section choose “Words and Lists” on the top menu and then “Featured Lists”.

You will find here lists ready to be used for your training program, there are lists divided by student grade, but also themed lists, for example words coming from different roots such as Arabic words, Japanese words, Spanish words and so on. Some lists are related to the previous edition of the spelling bee, some other are related to SAT test. Also, there are lists containing the most used English words.

Please check this section often as new spelling lists are constantly added.

If you feel that one or more of your public lists should be added in this section as they could be useful to the spelling community, please contact us through the contact form specifying the public address of your lists.

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