Motivating for emerging readers that need a little push!
Scribblenauts is an engaging game where you are given different missions to help Maxwell, the hero of the game, to complete different tasks. What sets this game apart from other mission based games is that you have to type the word to make it appear and help to complete the mission. My students who don't necessarily know how to spell words but can think of the word are suddenly motivated to ask and learn new words. My other students have discovered the mic feature on their iPads to speak the words. The words then appear so it is a good way to independently learn correct spelling. It is a great way to increase vocabulary in a fun way. I wish there was a way to "speak" the missions as an option in addition to having to read them for students with learning disabilities. If there is a way to do this, I would love to find out how!
How I Use It
I currently use this as a supplemental ELA activity for students to practice vocabulary and spelling on an individual or small group level. It is a highly motivating game that my students go back to and never tire. It encourages persistence, trial and error, critical thinking and creative out of the box thinking for students who need that extra motivation.