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Since there's no way to have multiple users on each device, Word Joust for K-5 would work best in a 1-to-1 environment. Teachers can't customize word lists, but the words chosen are commonly encountered in grade-level reading and would be excellent practice for ELL. For general use, it'd be a fun daily or weekly exercise for kids to practice vocabulary and work their brains independently.Continue reading Show less
Kids become knaves in a medieval joust where they can enter quests and learn vocabulary from a list of 300 age-appropriate words, or train by playing games with the words they've encountered in their quests. Each quest includes five unrelated words. Kids spend a moment studying each word and definition, and are then tested with one of the games. Points decrease as time goes by, with fast, correct responses earning 15 points and slower responses earning fewer points, down to 5. Incorrect answers do not get a second chance.
Games include "Scramble" (unscrambling mixed-up words), "Troll Trickery" (matching word to definition), L"abyrinth of Letters" (a word search that is quite challenging), "Cohorts of Swords" (identifying the correct word as it crosses the screen), and "Hangman," which is played with a cartoon man being hung rather than a stick figure. In Training mode, kids can choose which game to play to practice words from their quest lists. Kids move up from infantryman to archer and so on. Mastered words and apprenticed words (those introduced but not yet mastered in the games) can be reviewed in Stats, and there's also a Global Leaderboard.
Word Joust for K-5 is a fun way for kids to practice word skills and develop their vocabularies. The mix of five games is varied enough that kids can practice different skills and use their brains in different ways. Kindergarten through fifth grade is a broad age range, though; third through fifth may be more appropriate for the challenge of the games and playing against time. Younger readers may get too bogged down with just trying to read the moving words and miss retaining the vocabulary. The words are compiled from lists of frequently used words in children's literature and American textbooks, including good, big, cow, far, jumped, stand, book, eyes, stopped, and laughed.
Key Standards Supported
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.