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Tech to Build Vocabulary

Gaining new vocabulary is necessary for fluid reading and writing, and students need early, often, and sustained exposure to words that expand their horizons. These great apps and websites for vocabulary do just that, getting words in front of students in engaging ways, and giving students supports to understand definitions, uses, and meanings. Use these vocabulary tools to help students build word knowledge with the tech-enabled help of audio supports, flash cards, context, and clever gameplay. There are also resources for teachers to craft activities, lessons, and assessments to keep kids' vocabulary skills on track.

Beck and Bo by Avokiddo Publisher: AVOKIDDO
Drag-and-drop adventure great for learning new words in context
Grades Pre-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Endless Wordplay: School Edition Publisher: Originator Inc.
Rhymes, phonetic approach, silly animations help kids construct words
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $14.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Alpha Writer, by Montessorium Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 Publisher: NoodleWorks
Words become toys in this playful yet powerful vocab-learning game
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Oh Noah! Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/noah/index.html
Comforting character makes second-language mistakes no big deal
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Free
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Flocabulary Visit Website: http://www.flocabulary.com/
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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ReadWorks Digital Visit Website: http://digital.readworks.org
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Words for Osmo Publisher: Tangible Play Inc
Versatile word game challenges across content areas and abilities
Grades 1-6
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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Spaceteam ESL Publisher: Henry Smith
Chaotic game offers silly yet novel way to practice English vocab
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Word Dynamo Publisher: Dictionary.com, LLC
Word lists, games add fun and flexibility to dictionary experience
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
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Words With Friends EDU Visit Website: https://wordswithfriendsedu.com/
Super-fun school version introduces preset list of academic words
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games Publisher: Touch Press
Clever combo of vocab and puzzle solving is a tad limited
Grades 4-5
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Roots to Words Publisher: TapToLearn Software
Baked-in vocab-building with Greek and Latin roots
Grades 4-7
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary Publisher: Curriculum Associates, LLC
Hip games help kids learn words they'll actually use
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics Publisher: Lafazi, Inc
Quirky cartoons, great audio features bring fun to vocab study
Grades 5-7
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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WordFlex Touch Dictionary for iPad
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Vocabulary.com Visit Website: https://www.vocabulary.com/
Smart, stylish site helps students commit new words to memory
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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SAT Vocab - MindSnacks Publisher: MindSnacks
Variety is key in charmingly effective SAT vocab app
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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SAT Word Slam Publisher: Slammin Productions
Creative SAT prep mixes humor with well-researched word lists
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free - $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Visual Thesaurus Visit Website: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/
Watch words branch out into intriguing, layered language maps
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Vocabador Publisher: Vocabador
Kids wrestle challenging words in fun, fighting-themed SAT-prep game
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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