How I Use It
This app was used in a small group setting to introduce the structure of levels and activities, then used by students individually in a center rotation. There are a multitude of learning levels (C-H) with 10-20 activities in each level. Activities begin with an introductory page where students can listen to pronunciation of each word with a pop-up with definition. The vocabulary words are then used in a variety of activities which include completing the sentence, answering questions, and identifying synonyms and antonyms as used in sentences. Students engage with the app by tapping and dragging words to various locations on the screen and swiping to create movement of the main character. Each level has a possibility of 5 cupcakes as a reward; students can redo a level to get more cupcakes. There is background music, which may be distracting for some children, but the visuals have movement so it's never a static screen.
I think this app is wonderful! Teaching the nuances of vocabulary can be a struggle at the elementary level, and this app provides a multitude of ways to interact with terms listed. My only critique would be for updated versions to include a speaker icon to read each word's definition. I like how the app self-corrects a students when they answer a word incorrectly (by popping up the word and its definition), and I love the activity that requires students to apply the vocabulary word to answer a question (great critical thinking practice!) Overall, I would highly recommend this app for classroom or home use.