Common Sense Review
Updated March 2012

Sight Words Hangman

Spooky but clever twist on a classic for fun sight-words practice
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Kids choose the “Hangman” game or “Flashcard” mode.
  • Lists become progressively more difficult.
  • Flashcard mode can be played as basic flashcards or a quiz format.
  • Easy or difficult settings.
  • Some kids may find the hangman figure spooky.
More than 300 sight words presented in a fun, recognizable game.
It would be nice if the app offered an alternative to the eerie hangman figure.
Bottom Line
Good spelling practice for kids who like guessing games.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

As long as kids aren't afraid of the hangman image, the game is fun and the positive feedback is encouraging.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

There are 45 lists (10 words each) with increasingly complex or long words to spell that kids can choose from to play the game. The flashcards present the same words in practice or quiz style rather than a game. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

Limited settings include choosing game or flashcard mode, and quiz mode when using the flashcards. The View Results page offers detailed results of a kid's correct and incorrect answers.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

The app would be a fun treat after a successful day in the classroom, or a way to warm up kids for a more serious lesson.

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What's It Like?

Sight Words Hangman is an app allowing emerging readers to practice sight words in a familiar guessing-game format. In the game, a word is spoken from one of 45 lists of 10 sight words, and four choices appear. Kids choose the word they think is correct from those choices (which typically vary quite a bit from one another; no attempts are made here to "trick" kids into choosing the wrong word). A score is kept in the upper right-hand corner so kids can track it. If they choose incorrectly, a part of the hangman appears on the gallows.  Each list gets progressively more complex than the last; five of the lists are based on holiday words. A flashcard mode with a quiz option is also available on Sight Words Hangman for kids who need extra practice before playing the game.



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Is It Good For Learning?

Kids who have played hangman before will catch on to this app, although the paper version of the hanging man is far less spooky than this one. Kids who are bothered by mildly scary images may not like this hangman –- at all. Other than that, with no social network gaming capabilities, ads, or external links, Sight Words Hangman is a safe, contained way for young kids, or for students for whom English is a second language, to practice sight words in the classroom without much oversight. Unfortunately, multiple kids' results can't be tracked on the same device's app, and results are not displayed beyond the last game played.

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