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Tech to Build Vocabulary

Gaining new vocabulary is necessary for fluid reading and writing. Help students build word knowledge in a variety of ways using audio supports, flashcards, terms in context, and clever gameplay.

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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
SpellingCity Publisher: SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Phrasal Verbs Machine Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Perform grammatical acrobatics with The Amazing Phraso
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
News-O-Matic for School, 2015-16, Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Scribblenauts Remix Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem solving
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Scribblenauts Unlimited Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
Stimulating and creative adventure helps kids grow their vocabularies
Grades 5-12
Type Game
Price 59.99
Platforms 3DS, Wii U
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
WordFlex Touch Dictionary
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
WordWit Publisher: Ballpoint Inc
Expand vocabulary and understand commonly confused words
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3