120213AppWeekName: World’s Worst Pet

What is it? Help students build a vocabulary of essential words. World’s Worst Pet exposes students to over 1000 Tier Two words at 6 different levels through four engaging games. Aligned to the Common Core, this app provides student-friendly definitions, a playful narrative, a reward system and thought-provoking writing prompts.

Best for: Grades 4-8

Price: FREE

Rated: 4+

Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


  • Teaches more than 1000 words across five grade levels, from grades 4 – 8 with content available for students who are working a level behind.
  • Student-friendly definitions provide clear explanations with examples that illustrate how each word is used.
  • Engaging narrative and reward system keeps students motivated.
  • Activities include word context, word sort, synonyms, and antonyms.
  • Students see the same word multiple times in a single set of activities.
  • Includes Spanish cognates.
  • Includes immediate feedback.
  • Uses a real human voice; not synthesized robotic speech.
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards.
  • Writing prompts provide an opportunity to use words in types of writing identified by the Common Core.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/worlds-worst-pet-vocabulary/id730540095

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.