Common Sense Review
Updated April 2013

Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1

Words become toys in this playful yet powerful vocab-learning game
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
Pros
Humorous actions by the bugs and the words entertain and engage kids.
Cons
There are only 18 words.
Bottom Line
The words are presented in such a fun way that many kids will play with this app numerous times, helping the words stick.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Kids are drawn in through cute visuals, animations, sounds, and funny plays on words (quite literally on the words). The host bugs are adorable and have a keen sense of humor about word meanings. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

This app introduces kids to words and helps them learn their meanings through the use of powerful animations and humor. Words are introduced in different contexts and via repetition.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A brief tutorial, just long enough for young app users, shows kids how to use Noodle Words HD. A more in-depth, page-long Parent Tips page has ideas for parents.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

In the classroom, Noodle Words HD can be a surprisingly powerful way to teach words. For new readers and students who have difficulty reading or remembering word meanings, the ability to interact with words in a stress-free, playful manner is a real plus. This app may help them see words in a new light.

Teachers can project the app up on a screen and let the class watch the brief tutorial. Then, students can view all 18 words on the All tab. During play, students can choose one from this list or simply tap the on-screen box, out of which a word will appear. Some of the words can be used to lead the whole class into acting out the word's meaning. For example, teachers could ask the whole class to dance, drop, grow, jump, shake, and more.

If using this app in a one-on-one iPad situation, teachers could expand the learning by handing out paper and asking students to draw on the words in ways to express their meanings. You might want to start with grow.

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What's It Like?

Looking for a way to make learning words fun and engaging? Download Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1. The first in a series of "word toy" apps, Noodle Words HD helps emerging readers recognize 18 action words by enlivening the written words with their corresponding meanings. When touched, the words come alive and perform their actions. Kids can make words dance, sparkle, pop, grow, shake, and much more. As the words illustrate their own meanings (pop pops around the screen, grow sprouts leaves), two irresistible little bugs also act out the same meanings in amusing ways. The app introduces the meanings of the words in a variety of ways using clever humor and animations.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 is a funny, innovative, memorable way for kids to interact with vocabulary words. As the words themselves, along with two animated bugs, act out each of the 18 words found here, kids are introduced to the words' meanings in a variety of ways, increasing the chances that they'll stick in their memory and that kids will understand their definitions. By using clever animations and humor, the app increases the likelihood that students will be able to apply the word meanings in other contexts.

Some words included in this app -- such as bubble and surprise -- may not be known to younger kids as action words, so this app also can help teachers introduce the concept of homonyms in a fun, easy way.  While using this app, kids learn how thinking and reasoning skills can help them learn word meanings in fun, creative ways. Strategies masterfully applied here include using humor, repetition, and multiple forms of exposure.

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