Teacher Review For Chicktionary

Fun word game reminiscent of Word Munchers

Elizabeth E.
Classroom teacher
Isidore Newman School
New Orleans, LA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It

This would be an effective way to keep students engaged in language learning or spelling activities if they finish an assignment early or if a teacher is looking for a way to further challenge students who have mastered the vocabulary or spelling list at hand.

The game provides clues for words that have yet to be discovered by the player, for those who need some assistance, which could be helpful for students.

There are also two options for game play -- a short version that lasts a minute and a longer version in which students play until they find all the words.

The short version could be an effective warm-up activity.

I would suggest using this game for students from fifth grade through eighth grade.

My Take

Although this word game is fun and interactive, the actual teaching potential of it is limited, and many students might find it frustrating, depending on their personal vocabularies.

The platform is entertaining for kids, with chickens and their eggs being the holders of the letters from which the player has to choose in order to form words.

Because the letter bank cannot be customized by the player, the focus of the phonics, sounds, or sight words is completely random, which would make using Chicktionary as a teaching tool challenging.