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App of the Week: Customizable games for spelling


Repeatedly identify, spell sight words in fun, semi-customizable games.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Sight Words – An early reading & spelling adventure! is an early reading app that helps students learn 320 sight words. Learning happens through several activities, include a reading game that has students pop a balloon holding a target word and a writing game where students guide a bear through a maze to collect letters in the correct order. There’s also a hide-and-seek game with a host kangaroo that offers a playful context for discovering words.

Price: $1.99

Grades: Pre-K-3

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Customizable options make it easy to up the relevancy factor for students.

Cons: Not much in game help for students who need some extra support.

Bottom line: A variety of kid-friendly activities gives students lots of exposure to and practice with commonly used sight words.

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