App of the week: World’s Worst Pet

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.


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