Creative Ways To Use in the Classroom

Another school year is winding down, and for teachers that means a look back at what went well, and what went not so well over the course of the last two semesters.  Chances are, the lessons, projects, and days that feel the most successful are the ones where the students truly engaged in their work.  Where they were personally involved in the learning process, instead of being passive recipients of information.

Educational technology has made active, hands-on learning a daily reality in the classroom.  Educational software, lesson plans, and websites are readily available and can be a teacher’s most valuable resource.  Sites like are designed to be easy for teachers and students to access and use on a regular basis.

If you are already using in your classroom, then you know what a powerful vocabulary teaching tool it can be.  But if you are not utilizing this incredible vocabulary builder, then here are some suggestions for integrating it into your curriculum as you look toward the next school year:

  • Use the Topics Listing to create theme weeks for your classroom.  During the week of your chosen theme, students can play the games on that correspond with that topic, and can research those topics further either online or using reference materials.  The end of each week could culminate in a theme party, where each of the words is prominently displayed on posters or placards.
  • Have a Hangmouse Bee.  Similar to a spelling bee, students would play the Hangmouse game, and students who get their mouse "caught" by the cat are eliminated.  Only students who guess each word correctly continue playing. When you are down to the final two student contestants, you could make the bee even more fun by having their screens connected to large screen projectors so the whole class can watch as they do battle with the sleeping kitty.
  • After playing the Unscramble Game with your topic of study, have students design their own unscramble games using Scrabble tiles or other letter cut-outs.  Students can work in pairs to challenge each other to decipher their scrambled words. 
  • Create a wall chart for the Match Game, including each child’s name down the side, and dates across the top.  Once a week, you can assign a topic and skill level to the class, and they will record the number of clicks it took them to finish the game on the chart.  Winners for that week could receive a small prize or privilege.

These suggestions are just a few of the many ways that you can creatively incorporate into your classroom.  We’d love to hear other ideas from our readers.  Head over to the comments section of our blog to tell us how you are using the vocabulary software with your students. is proud to be one of your educational technology resources.  Stay tuned to the site for new games and new ideas for making vocabulary fun!

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