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Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics

Learning words is a blast with this winner.
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  • Main menu showing three modes and feedback button.
  • Study page for debut (n) including cartoon and definition, and audio button at bottom (right arrow).
  • Usage "short story" on flip side of study page for debut.
  • Quiz page for debut from the "don’t know" list; correct answer in green text with green check mark; orange light-bulb icon is for cartoon hint.
  • Study page for intensive (adj) showing business people after some intensive activity.
The contextualized audio usage, cartoons, and sleek design pull kids toward learning and keep them there.
The app offers too few words and lacks stats, and the settings don't work.
Bottom Line
This enchanting vocabulary builder uses quirky cartoons and an audio study mode to make learning words fun.

Graphite Expert Review

Leslie Crenna
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Graphite Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

The design is nearly flawless, and you can't beat cartoons and audio as an entertaining backdrop for vocabulary quizzes.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Flexibility, the mastered list, and quality definitions are sublime, but the ability to add words (and cartoons) would extend empowerment.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Superior navigation and learning accessibility allow a range of users to focus on content, but you get no performance statistics.

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What's It Like?

Grade 6 Vocab Audio and Pics is one in a series of highly effective vocabulary-building apps. Quirky cartoons depict each word, and coherent, fully formed audio recordings present "short stories" or usage examples. Through study, flashcard, and multiple-choice quiz modes, tweens can learn 218 middle school-level words like deluge, gainful, and nonconformist.

In study mode, kids search or scroll for particular words, read the part of speech and definition, enjoy a cartoon, flip the page for usage text, or press the cryptic audio button at the bottom (right arrow) to hear the definition and usage. Flashcard mode shows only the word and part of speech, but kids can tap to see the cartoon as a hint or flip for the definition. Twenty-word quizzes give five definition choices. Correct answers are highlighted in green with a check mark, with incorrect answers in red with an X. Words get separated by students or by quiz results into “mastered” and "don't know" lists.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Grade 6 Vocab Audio and Pics is so enthralling kids won't want to put it down, which means new vocab words will be grafted onto their brains. The graphics are crisp, navigation is intuitive, and the audio feature is great for kids who struggle with reading or learning disabilities. Entries also feature spot-on definitions and parts of speech, which are sometimes left out of competing products.

Even with all these great features, we have a few quibbles. Cartoons are sometimes a bit off, depicting more of a related concept. For example, the word intensive shows a group of business people resting on the beach in their suits and skirts, preumably after some kind of conference or business meeting. It's cute and funny but a bit confusing, not to mention adult-oriented. Also, settings don't seem to work, and performance statistics are only available at the ends of quizzes.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

This is certainly a great tool to make learning words fun. Teachers can use Grade 6 Vocab Audio and Pics as a bewitching supplement to rote vocabulary practice.

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