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Fast-moving drill & practice for common English words
How I Use It
This product worked well with my 6 year old nephew who is a 1st grader. All the students in his class must read or have read to them a total of 100 books. Each week he has a spelling test on sight words. He was not motivated to use the flash cards printed from the computer. However, he loves his iPad and was more than willing to practice spelling and saying his sight words via the Hangman game and the Flashcards. He like to positive reinforcement when his answer was correct. I liked the performance feedback which tracked which word(s) he answered incorrectly - and how many times. There are some things we just have to memorize and sight words confirm that. The iPad app makes it fun and worthwhile.
Drill and practice as part of a hangman game brings back memories from my elementary school days when we did this activity on the blackboard. As an iPad app it becomes a motivational tool to help 1st and 2nd grade students master the 300 most commonly used English Words and boost their basic reading skills. I prefer the flashcard mode over the the hangman mode but students seem to prefer the hangman mode. It contains 40 word lists of 10 words each - with some repetition, of course. There is great flexibility for choosing which list to begin with and whether the preference is for the Easy level or Hard level. This iPad app can always be used in the class as part of drill and practice, for homework as reinforcement, or as a quick review prior to an assessment. Students can hear the word, spell the word, and upon hearing the word - choose it from a list of 4 works. It's a pretty good English Language Arts tool, but will eventually be unnecessary for students who have mastered the 300 sight words. ELL students can control their practice time and hear the correct pronounciation repeated times at their leisure.Competition to get the correct answer prior to being hanged is motivational. It would be a better tool if teachers could add their own word lists.