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Sight Words - Learning Games (Pro)

Word Game Kindergarten to 3rd

  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Teacher Overview

The software application ‘Sight Words: Reading Games’ is a child-friendly learning platform that helps students get familiar with sight words. Sight words are common words that don't follow basic phonics and are designed to help kids read faster. Dolch Sight words are many of the most common written words.

The app includes six games in the full version and 2 in the free version. The application is free from in-app adverts but does display in-app purchases for further content in the free version.

The application is available on the iOS/Android platforms and suitable for ages 8 and under supporting Pre School, Kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. This application American based but could also support students within the UK supporting Reception year, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

Teacher Review

Once the user has opened the application they are greeted with the developers ‘Home’ Screen. Further games from the developer can be accessed using the ‘more games’ icon and a ‘Full version’ of the application can be purchased using the icon on the right if using the free version. It is good to see that some of these icons have parental protection. The ‘About’ icon enables the user to access information regarding the developer and displays the Dolch Word List that is used in the various levels of the application. Dolch word lists are the 220 most common words and 95 additional nouns in children's reading books. Dolch words, or sight words, provide an excellent base for reading at an early age. They are often called sight words because some of them can't be sounded out, and need to be learned by sight. 

The user enters the application by choosing the ‘play’ icon. 

The application offers 5 levels: Pre School, Kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Each of the levels contains 6 different games incorporating the Dolch word lists shown in the ‘About’ section on the ‘Home’ page. 

The user must travel along a path completing each game as they go to unlock further games and content. The graphics are uncluttered, simple and colourful and the application is very easy to navigate. This is especially good for those with smaller hands and unstable fine motor skills. 

The games are as follows: 

Word Search: The user is shown a list of words that need to found in the word search grid. These words are can be found by highlighting on the screen in various directions. Once the word has been found it is voiced by the application, ideal for sight words as well as hearing the actual word itself. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found. Further words are added as the user moves further along the path. It is great to see that light pastel colours are used with darker text to help those with dyslexia. 

Ice Cream Bubble Pop: The user is shown a series of words inside many balloons. The word is sounded out and the user must choose the correct word. A right answer will result in the ice cream being constructed whilst a wrong answer will enable the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found and the ice cream has been constructed. 

Parachute Fish: The user must guide Mr Pelican to eat the right words using the parachuting fish. The word is sounded out and the user must choose the correct word. A right answer will result in the fish being eaten whilst a wrong answer will enable the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found. It is noted that some words can be obstructed by others and Mr Pelican moves outside of the Jetty graphics. 

Animals in Space: The user must find the correct words from the floating animals in space. The word is sounded out and the user must choose the correct word. A right 5 answer will result in the rocket being constructed whilst a wrong answer will enable the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found. 

Rat Race: The user must find the correct word from the grid to make the rat run faster. The word is sounded out and the user must choose the correct word. A right answer will result in the rat speeding up whist a wrong answer makes the rat fall over enabling the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found and the rat has won the race. It is noted that the rat above seems to stay in the same position regardless of how many right or wrong answers there are. 

Fire Engine: The user must find the correct word from the grid to make fire engine squirt water an put out the fires. The word is sounded out and the user must choose the correct word. A right answer will result in a fire being put out whist a wrong answer enables the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found and all fires have been extinguished. 

Jigsaw: The user must construct the jigsaw from the word is sounded out. A right piece will result in the piece locating exactly whist a wrong position enables the user to try again. The user is shown a ‘well done’ when all the words have been found and the jigsaw is complete. It is noted that when some pieces have moved the rest disappeared and we also noticed that this game sometimes shut the application completely. 

‘Sight Words: Reading Games’ is a good application and has educational value when using the Dolch sight word lists, however, developers might want to consider the following changes. 

When a user is playing a game and they accidentally return to the path the user needs to start the game again, whereas, the application keeps the status of the game when exited to the home screen or the application is shut completely. 

The developers might want to consider adding a ‘repeat sound’ button where the user can hear the word again if they missed it the first time around. The developers might want to consider an option that clears all levels within the chosen grade. This could be ideal for multiple students within a classroom situation. 

The developers might want to consider a scoring system based on the words completed compared to the attempts. Many of our users who did not know the word guessed multiple times as the consequences of getting the wrong answer are small. This could be ideal for parents or teachers wishing to monitor the progress of their child or student. 

The developers also might want to consider shortening the path journey. Our users found the path quite long and repetitive and sometimes became frustrated if the game could not be complete as they could not move further down the path onto the next game.

‘Sight Words: Reading Games’ is a good app for helping students get familiar with sight words and with a few minor tweaks could be a great application. This application comes recommended by The EducationalAppstore.com

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App Details

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Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 1st Party

Skills

Critical Thinking
Communication Skills
Thinking & Reasoning
Reading

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Publisher's Description

Dolch Sight Words - Word Search Game for Preschool, kindergarten, and first grade through third grade.

This is the Full Version with all 6 games unlocked.

The learning games help young kids have fun with Sight Words. They help students get familiar with the sight words even at a preschool level. Sight words are common words that don't follow basic phonics and are designed to help kids read faster. Dolch Sight words are many of the most common written words. With practice, spelling becomes easier for these words that don't follow the rules. The word lists include multiple grade levels: Preschool, Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

6 Games included...

Word Search
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A classic word search with assisted audio to reinforce the learning. The levels are designed to slowly increases in difficulty as well as encouraging the child to complete each level.


Icecream Bubble Pop
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Have fun popping bubbles as you stack a super ice cream cone. Watchout the ice cream might fall over.


Rat Race
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Find the correct word to speed up your rat to win the race.


Jigsaw Puzzle
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Listen to the sight word and then complete the jigsaw puzzle to see it.


Parachute Fish
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Mr Pelican is hungry and it is his lucky day. Word Fish are parachuting down. Help him to learn to eat the right words.


Animals in Space
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Find the correct reading word to build a rocket part by part. Blast off!
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