Teacher Review For Free Rice

Engaging vocabulary activity for all learners.

Greg O.
Director of Online and Blended Learning
San Diego County Office Of Education (San Diego, CA)
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 1
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with General
How I Use It
Students typically utilize Free Rice as a supplemental activity. In my experience, it's a great activity for students to fill a 3-5 minute transition time or other small windows of time. It has an addictive quality coupled with a reward system (rice grains) that keeps the engagement high. I gave relatively low ratings for Pedagogy because it is not a very deep or complex program. Teachers using the program should not have high expectations that students will gain deeper levels of comprehension of vocabulary.
My Take
This program provides a quick opportunity for students to engage in vocabulary learning and practice. Free Rice also supports some global awareness and allows students to contribute to ending of world hunger. It is not a site/program that will support deeper thinking or application of skills learned.