Website review by Elvina Tong, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2022

Wordle

Viral word puzzle sharpens language and thinking skills

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41%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, English-Language Learning, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Its popularity is a plus, and its brief time commitment makes it a fun, potentially social experience.

Cons: No customization, so teachers can't choose which words drive the game.

Bottom Line: This popular and simplistic word game has potential as a fun vocabulary builder.

In late 2021, Wordle began lighting up social media and took off in popularity. The rules are simple: A user has six tries to guess the daily five-letter word. To begin, enter a word. The program will reveal whether the word you entered has any correct letters. A green letter is in the correct spot, a yellow letter is in an incorrect spot, and a gray letter is not in the word. At the end of the game, the player has the opportunity to share their performance to social media platforms, without spoilers. Younger children watched their parents play and wanted to try from their own devices.  

Wordle has many possibilities as a bell ringer or warm-up activity to kick off a lesson. Since it's web-based, it can be accessed from a computer or tablet. Teachers can either have students solve from their own device or project it and solve it as a shared activity. Occasionally the word of the day may be unfamiliar to younger students, which could be frustrating but also provides an opportunity to build vocabulary. While it seems a natural fit to use the game in a reading, writing, or ELA lesson, Wordle lends itself just as well to a math lesson. That's because solving Wordle uses a bit of logic, strategy, process of elimination, and even probability. Once students are familiar with the game, an engaging extension activity would be to create custom puzzles with one of several copycat programs. Teachers could create puzzles that hone in on skills they want students to practice. Alternatively, students can be challenged to create their own as well. 

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Engagement

Students of all ages who enjoy solving word or logic puzzles will find Wordle engaging. Players can track their own statistics, adding an element of gamification.

Pedagogy

Wordle has many possibilities as a bell ringer or warm-up activity to start the day. Solving the puzzle uses a bit of strategy, as well as students' process of elimination, vocabulary, and spelling knowledge. 

Support

Limited support is available, but there are on-screen reminders of the game's simple rules. Also, players get helpful hints to feed their next guesses.


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Elvina Tong Computer Science and Innovation Teacher

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Jeffrey M. , Parent
Parent
Great for learning new words
I think there are too many ads it can take away interest to play the game to its fullest potential. I think the idea of the app is great but it was not executed correctly. the instructions are not clear so you have to play and figure out as you play.
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