Word Hippo

Name of teaching resource

Word Hippo

Weblink (if web based)

www.wordhippo.com

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

This resource has a large focus upon words and reading so I would suggest it for children towards the end of grade one and going onto grade 2.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Individual- Children can use this independently when working in small group to find rhyming words, opposites and find similar words when writing.

Whole Class-

Using an interactive white board a teacher can ask the children to search for words for poetry writing or work as a group to find different words to use in writing using the thesaurus.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

This resource will be most appropriate for English or Writing classes.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

·         Easy to use and navigate for children

·         Lots of options within one website e.g. rhyming, thesaurus, tenses, opposites.

·         Helps children pronounce words

·         Can be used on computer or Tablet

·         Gives children a chance to independently search and discover words.

·         Can be shared on Google+

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Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

·         Website requires reading and comprehension skills that some children may struggle with.

·         Difficult for young children to use without help.

·         Supervision may be necessary to ensure that children do not click on adverts or leave web page.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

Word Hippo could also be useful for a teacher to use with spelling or searching for words using the thesaurus.

Word Hippo also has a translator which could be useful for teachers working within a culturally diverse classroom.

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