Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose
- letter or word recognition
- identifying emotions
- making conclusions
- analyzing evidence
Key Standards Supported
|L.K: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.K.6||Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.|
Speaking & Listening
|SL.K: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.|
|SL.K.2||Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.|
ProsAnimals grab kids' attention and engage them in animations and interesting questions.
ConsSometimes the animal faces or actions may not immediately translate to human emotions for kids.
Bottom LineCute and funny animals ask kids clear questions to help them think about emotions, social communications, and actions.
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Bright, charming animals and an uncluttered interface make this app engaging for both solo play and presenting to a group.
Kids learn by viewing the animals' reactions, expressions, and movements and making conclusions about what they mean. Kids also learn via repetition, as the same questions are repeated.
Feedback is limited, so this app is best used with an adult's guidance.
Peek-a-Zoo is a questions-based app that, among other things, helps link sound and visual cues with vocabulary. Who is yelling? Who is sad? Students view animals smiling, crying, winking, waving, barking, eating, and more. They see animals standing backwards and upside down. Peek-a-Zoo also gently encourages young students to analyze the animals for clues to answer questions and come to conclusions. For example, "Who is Linus the Lion?" requires kids to make the cognitive jump from seeing a lion on the screen with no name attached and noticing there's no other lion on the screen. Even if they don't recall the lion's name from the intro, kids can surmise that this lion's name must be Linus, and then tap the lion to answer. Through the questions, kids are encouraged to identify emotions, label feelings, and take note of specific actions. The questions on Peek-a-Zoo are written as well as spoken, which helps pre- and emerging readers. Questions are repeated depending on how much time students spend with Peek-a-Zoo.Read More Read Less
With its easy-to-use format and creative yet simple animal animations, Peek-a-Zoo supports teachers in providing kids with all-important lessons about social and emotional cues, which can be applied in endless situations in and out of the classroom. It may be useful in future versions to add some zoo visitors (humans) to the mix so kids can see human faces portraying these actions, messages, and emotions. Peek-a-Zoo can spark further discussion and help teachers reinforce a message they're conveying to kids in everyday teaching moments.Read More Read Less
Peek-a-Zoo is a simple, visually engaging app that can be used in a classroom-wide or small group lesson, or by students solo. It can help students recognize social cues, identify emotions, recall animal names, and learn some action words by studying the facial expressions and behaviors of animals. As animals appear around the screen, kids choose the answer by pointing to the animal (or tapping it onscreen) that answers the question, which might be "Who is waving?" or "Who is trying to hide?" This app will work better for classroom-wide lessons in rooms with the ability to display the iPad screen on a TV or monitor. Otherwise, Peek-a-Zoo is best for small groups. It may also be used solo by emerging readers, for whom it may help expand vocabulary as it provides both text and audio of the questions.Read More Read Less
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- More of a 'test' for social vocabulary than a game for preschool kidsEmily S.
Flagstone Elementary School
Castle Rock, CO2July 15, 2014