Take a look inside 8 images
Pros: Trending articles cleverly use current events to highlight new vocabulary.
Cons: No teacher tools, and with ads and lots of features, students may get easily distracted.
Bottom Line: This is a great reference site for students to casually play around with language, test their knowledge, or explore to discover something new.
How Can I Teach with This Tool?
Besides using Merriam-Webster as a reference tool, teachers can guide students to explore the guides, articles, and games. Set up a friendly competition to see which student (or small group) can correctly name the most dog breeds. Test students' knowledge of different forms of government. Students can stay on top of current events by reading some of the trending articles and digging deeper into the cultural or political event being referenced. Subscribe to get the word of the day, or check out the weekly vocabulary lists for kids. Teachers can then challenge students to incorporate the new word or words in as many ways as they can. And, usage guides for grammar, punctuation, and commonly confused words and phrases are a great reference point for teachers to help students use language correctly. The word games on Merriam-Webster could also be a good option for bellringers or to fill gaps of time during or between lessons. Note that there are ads, which is always a consideration for the classroom.