Teacher Review For Bluster!

Great app to build vocabulary and word knowledge.

Jamie S.
Instructional coach
Duquesne Elementary School
Duquesne, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this in small groups with students who are on level. This serves as an enrichment activity for students in small, flexible groups. The students worked best on these games with one or two additional students. The games are timed, so this added another element as the students tried to think quickly in order to get the answers. The words and thinking is difficult for low level learners, so it would be tough to use with struggling learners. Students were able to use this without much direction from me, which is also a bonus.
My Take
This app is a great tool for students to enhance and improve vocabulary and other language arts skills like synonyms, word order, or antonyms. I liked the rigor of the game; it was not easy for the students to figure out. Many students had to give some thought to answers they were picking. Additionally, it allowed students to become familiar with words they may not have been familiar with previously. Studentswere able to have practice material to utilize that was interactive and engaging. There were not a lot of directions, so it took some trial and error to figure out how to play the games.