SPELL-Links Intervention and Training Products

SPELL-Links / Learning By Design, Inc.
  • Jan Wasowicz, PhD
  • Kenn Apel, PhD
  • Julie J Masterson, PhD
  • Anne Whitney, EdD
SPELL-Links™ intervention and training resources are products for struggling readers and suitable for students with dyslexia. The SPELL-Links products use a speech-to-print word study approach that leverages the brain's innate, biological wiring and organization for oral language combined with multi-linguistic and meta-linguistic instruction. See our Guidance on using these resources remotely.
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SPELL-Links Grades K-12 Q-global Complete Kit (Digital)
A103000184198 Qualification Level B

Includes SPELL-Links Grade K-2 Q-global Lesson Sets (Digital), Grade K-2 Q-global Printables (Digital), Grade 3-5 Q-global Lesson Sets (Digital), Grade 3-5 Q-global Printables (Digital), Grade 6-12 Q-global Lesson Sets (Digital), Grade 6-12 Q-global Printables (Digital); once ordered, the digital assets are accessible by logging into Q-global and visiting the Q-global Resource Library. The Lesson Sets are view-only digital files; the Printables are downloadable.




Publication date:
2012 (SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing), 2015 (SPELL-Links Decodable Books), 2017 (SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms Books 1 & 2), 2019 (Wordtivities), 2023 (Wordtivities Word Lists/PIAT)
Age range:
Grades K-Adult (varies by product)
Qualification level:
Completion time:
Digital and print (varies by product)
Guidance on using these resources remotely.

Product Details

Use SPELL-Links assessment and intervention tools across your education setting!

Discover the depth and breadth of resources and learning tools from the SPELL-Links team! Empower students to independently apply their knowledge and strategies to reading, writing, and spelling every day — not just during the classroom lesson or on the weekly test.

  • Teach students how to attend to the sound structure of spoken English words and then how to connect and combine sounds (phonology);
  • Progress with letter patterns (orthography, mental orthographic images);
  • Conclude with meanings (semantics, morphology) to read and spell words.

SPELL-Links ensures that there is a word study solution for everyone.

  • Improves all aspects of literacy: reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening, and vocabulary.
  • Addresses Tiers 1, 2, & 3 students as well as Special Education, Speech-Language Impaired, ESL, Title I, and students with dyslexia.
  • Curriculum includes quick and easy lesson plans for word study to improve reading and writing success.

SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing

SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing is a K-12 curriculum for word study instruction and intervention across all tiers of education.

SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing delivers all components of assessment and instruction identified as crucial for developing reading and spelling skills by the US Department of Education-funded Center on Instruction.

SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Skills and Content

  • Rhyming
  • Segmenting syllables & phonemes
  • Vowel discrimination
  • Alphabetic principle
  • Letter-sound relationships
  • Letter patterns & spelling rules
  • Vocabulary knowledge
  • Syllable stress identification
  • Letter-meaning relationships (morphological knowledge)
  • Semantic relationships
  • Storage and retrieval of mental orthographic images of words in long term memory
  • Spelling
  • Decoding
  • Reading fluency
  • Writing

Digital Assets: Lessons Sets and Reproducibles on Q-global

The Q-global Resource Library hosts SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing customizable, digital Lesson Sets for Grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-12, as well as all the reproducibles needed for each lesson. Each grade range can be purchased separately or as a digital kit.

NEW! SPELL-Links Pattern Inventory & Analysis Tool (PIAT) is perfect for documenting progress as students progress through K-5 phonics/word study instruction. Find it waiting for you in your SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Companion Cloud (see side bar on this page for access).

SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms

SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms is a K-2 curriculum and provides everything needed to deliver a year of high-quality, hands-on Tier 1 classroom instruction to meet reading foundational skills.

Aligned with SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing K-12 curriculum, SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms offers printable decodable books (also sold separately and in digital form—see below!), more scripted lesson plans, and easy-to-use reading and writing activities embedded for classroom use by teachers.

SPELL-Links Class Links Book 1 Skills and Content

  • Rhyming
  • Segmenting syllables & phonemes
  • Vowel discrimination
  • Alphabetic principle
  • Letter-sound relationships for consonants 'b, p, t, d, v, z, k, j, f, s, m, n, x, r, l, g, h, w, y, q' and all short vowel sounds
  • Letter patterns & spelling rules
  • Vocabulary knowledge
  • Mental orthographic images of words
  • Spelling
  • Decoding
  • Reading fluency
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing

SPELL-Links Class Links Book 2 Skills and Content

  • Rhyming
  • Segmenting syllables & phonemes
  • Vowel discrimination
  • Alphabetic principle
  • Letter-sound relationships for consonants 'k' and hard 'c'; 'r, l' after a vowel; /z/ sound spelled with 's', consonant digraphs 'ng, th, wh, sh, ck' and double consonants 'ff, ss, zz, ll'
  • Letter patterns & spelling rules
  • Vocabulary knowledge
  • Mental orthographic images of words
  • Spelling
  • Decoding
  • Reading fluency
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing

SPELL-Links Decodable Books

Decodable, Pattern-Loaded Books, digitally and in print!

Students LOVE to read these decodable, sequenced, pattern-loaded books again and again…and again! With the SPELL-Links Decodable Book Sets you have anytime, anywhere access to a collection of SPELL-Links pattern-focused decodable books* for use with word study, decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and connected writing activities. These engaging resources are powerful for teaching and helpful for parent involvement and extending students’ reading practice at home.

Three sets of books (Set 1, Set 2, or the Full Set—see item info for purchase details) include print/"foldable" versions AND digitally-enhanced versions with annotation capabilities and/or "flippable" e-book mode for any size of group reading and/or intervention!

*Our decodable books include high frequency irregularly spelled words.

SPELL-Links Wordtivities & Wordtivities Word Lists

Word study instruction for stronger spelling, vocabulary, and reading outcomes with Wordtivities!

SPELL-Links Wordtivities helps you develop students' literacy and language skills in the classroom and beyond. Through active engagement with the sounds, letters, and meanings of words, your K–12 students strengthen, integrate, and learn to apply multiple components of oral and written language to improve their spelling, word decoding, reading fluency, and reading comprehension; build depth and breadth of vocabulary; and enhance writing performance.

  • Spend less time planning lessons with dozens of grab-and-go activities on hand.
  • Be more organized and less stressed with a ready-made plan for literacy instruction.
  • Easily integrate with your existing core curriculum, so you can get started without starting over.
  • Get inspired and reenergized about teaching structured literacy in your classroom or clinic.

Skills & Content

  • Phonological awareness
  • Phonics
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Decoding
  • Automatic word recognition
  • Oral expression / Syntax

SPELL-Links Wordtivities advance student performance with written language by organizing instruction into recognizing and producing spoken sounds (phonology) and developing and strengthening cognitive connections for effective, functional integration of phonological, orthographic, and semantic/ morphological processes while reading and writing.

Uses & Applications

SPELL-Links Wordtivities is intended for use by classroom teachers; aides and other paraprofessionals; interventionists (speech-language pathologists, reading specialists, learning disabilities teachers, etc.); and parents.

It can be used as a stand-alone word study program within your existing language arts curriculum or in conjunction with SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Word Study Curriculum.

NEW! Wordtivities Word Lists for Pattern-focused K-6 Word Lists for Multilinguistic Word Study Instruction

  • From early consonants and short vowels to prefixes, suffixes, and word roots
  • Organized for combined teaching of spelling, vocabulary, word-level reading
  • Guides systematic, sequential, differentiated instruction across grades
  • Use for whole class, small group, and 1:1 instruction
  • Supports combined teaching of spelling, vocabulary, word-level reading with focus on integration of phonology, orthography, morphology, word meaning
  • Includes Vocabulary Tier 1, 2 and 3 words
  • Built-in pattern-loaded sentence writing and reading practice

Access Your Reproducibles!

For SPELL-Links print-based customers only, access to the SPELL-Links Companion Cloud is provided here, enter the correct username below, and look in the front of your printed manual for the access code.

SPELL-Links Products Companion Cloud User Names

  • SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing: LBDLNX2
  • SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms Book 1: LBDCB1
  • SPELL-Links Class Links for Classrooms Book 2: LBDCB2
  • SPELL-Links Wordtivities: LNXWTV

Q-global SPELL-Links customers access their SPELL-Links reproducibles within the Q-global Resource Library.



The Language of Reading and Spelling Bundle

Four courses of 90 mins each will give you a foundational view of language as the basis for good reading and writing. Once you discover and explore current best practices in Part 1, you’ll learn in-depth knowledge regarding phonology (sounds), orthography (letters), and morphology (meanings).

The Language Literacy Network

This course explains the details behind the 2021 creation of The Language Literacy Network by the SPELL-Links team and creator Dr. Jan Wasowicz. Learn the breadth and depth of language across speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Getting Started with Wordtivities

Perfect for Tier 1 classroom word study, Wordtivities helps students learn the 14 SPELL-Links strategies at the whole class level! While you can use Wordtivities with 1:1 or small group settings as well, this course brings Wordtivities to life for large-group instruction.

Getting Started with SPELL-Links and SPELL-3

Putting together a spelling assessment and intervention plan in your setting? Tie your planning and implementation together with this training that includes the full picture across your workflow.




Are there embedded pre-tests/diagnostic assessments within the SPELL-LINKS program to help identify skill/lesson and starting point?

If you are using SPELL-Links via the Curricular or Supplemental Model, there is a suggested Scope and Sequence in the manual. Additionally, the SPELL-Links assessment software (SPELL-3; sold separately) prescribes the SPELL-Links lessons (target patterns) and starting point activity within each prescribed SPELL-Links lesson for a single student.

How long are the lessons?

Each SPELL-Links lesson(in any of the product offerings) consists of multiple activities, so the length of time required to complete a SPELL-Links lesson will vary. On average, an activity can be completed in 30 minutes but could take more or less time depending on student variables such as nature and complexity of disorder and attention and motivation factors, size of instructional group, and clinician familiarity with methods and activities. Frequency/intensity of intervention is determined by student need. For Tier 1 applications, SPELL-Links typically is completed during part of the reading block.

How do you determine if a student has a mental orthographic image (MOI)?

Spelling error analysis shows deficits in any one of the linguistic underpinnings of word-level reading and spelling (phonological, orthographic, morphological, mental orthographic image (MOI)/representation) will manifest as specific patterns of spelling errors in the student's spelling of words. Professionals well-trained in linguistic word study can observe patterns within students' misspellings. For the rest of us, the SPELL-Links assessment software (SPELL-2), for example, uses spelling error analysis algorithms to identify deficits in a variety of underlying linguistic skills including storage and retrieval of mental orthographic images (MOIs) of specific words and word parts, including affixes.

What do you suggest to do when you have limited staff with regard to increasing intensity of treatment?

This is a real challenge and a problem that is set to grow as more students are identified through mandatory screening for dyslexia. A multi-faceted approach is needed to provide students the services they need with limited staff. This can include early (preschool) programs that will help to reduce the need for intervention and intensity of services needed once a student enters school, early screening and identification to provide early intervention before students fall significantly behind their peers, targeted intervention so each student receives only the instruction s/he needs, evidence-based instruction to achieve results as quickly as possible, and use of clinical tools and independent activities that deliver the repeated exposure and practice needed.

How and when would you integrate fluency instruction into practice?

First, it's important to distinguish between reading fluency and reading rate (wpm). Reading fluency is defined as "reasonably accurate reading, at an appropriate rate, with suitable prosody, that leads to accurate and deep comprehension and motivation to read" ( Hasbrouck & Glaser 2014). Reading rate is one component of the three primary components of fluency (accuracy, rate, and expression) and develops as a student gains automatic word recognition. Multi-linguistic word study instruction, when properly done, leads to automatic word recognition and improved reading rate. For most students, reading fluency will emerge as reading rate improves. If not, there may be other factors--for example, oral language syntax comprehension deficits--at play that need to be addressed.

Have you seen improvement for students with dyslexia in terms of their response to intervention?

Students with dyslexia DO respond to intervention but they require more intensive, explicit, and systematic instruction and practice than students who struggle with reading and writing for other reasons, for example, students who come from a low-print, low-verbal home, ELL students, students with oral language disorders, and students who do not receive evidence-based instruction in the classroom ("dysteachia").

Do you ever see memory deficits in these students?

Working memory deficits are not uncommon in children who struggle with written language.

Is it common for a student to be a great reader and decode well, but spelling is terrible?  

It's possible that a student can be a poor speller and yet have strong reading skills. More commonly, however, if a student is a poor speller, weak reading skills often co-exist. Weak decoding skills could be masked by strong vocabulary and compensatory strategies such as guessing a word from context. Or a student may decode accurately but not efficiently, automatically, so on the surface reading decoding may seem "normal" but the student's comprehension may be compromised due to inefficiency of decoding. If a student presents with poor spelling, it's important to carefully examine decoding skills that on the surface may appear to be within normal limits.  

What separates SPELL-Links products from other dyslexia intervention programs?  

There are many distinguishing components. Most notable is SPELL-Links' speech-to-print (vs. print-to-speech) approach. A comprehensive comparison of what separates SPELL-Links from other dyslexia intervention programs can be found under the Resources tab.


The following live training events are available for those interested in one or more SPELL-Links products.