Saturday, November 26, 2011

Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game

Price: Free!
Grade Recommendation: K - 2nd
Subject: Reading
Specific Skill: Phonics
Levels: N/A
Players: 2
For iPad, iPod, or Both: Both

Lakeshore Learning developed this impressive phonics app. Two players (or even two teams) play a tic-tac-toe game. Of course, the 'winner' is the first to get three Xs or Os in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

The game board shows 9 questions. The player (or team) taps on a question, it immediately enlarges on the screen. The player/team then taps an answer.

The included 'Teacher's Notes' says the app is designed to meet the following objectives:
- Identifying blends and digraphs
- Recognizing words with the same beginning sounds
- Counting syllables in words
- Recognizing words with the same ending sounds
- Identifying sounds in words

The only downside is that the app does not read the questions (and answer choices) to the students. That's disappointing for a phonics app. But I still recommend this app be added to iPads and iPod Touches in early elementary classrooms.

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