Teacher Review For Word Mover

Great way to have your students use their subject related vocabulary

Karyn W.
Technology Integration Resource Coach
Orion Alternative School
Redwood City, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this app as a review of Social Studies units. For example, for a lesson focused on Martin Luther King, students watched a video of the "I Have A Dream" speech that I displayed using my projector. Then, they used the portion of the speech that is included in the word bank in Word Mover to create a poem using some of the words pulled from the speech itself. I challenge my advanced learners to create "tiles" that are synonyms of some of the words, such as liberty instead of freedom. After students share their poem with their table partner, they make revisions. When complete, the poems are projected on the screen and read aloud by the students. This activity is beneficial especially for ELLs who need practice in their speaking skills.
My Take
ReadWriteThink.org’s Word Mover app is a great tool to review concepts taught in class. Students can create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works such as the "I Have A Dream" speech and some Shakespeare works. Advanced learners can write more complex poems with more advanced vocabulary. I wish the app allowed students to create their own background art work.