Literacy 4-6

Systems Change


Games help students visualize how to connect one fact to another. By engaging student Attention, games motivate students to develop meaningful connections with content and can lead to positive memories of learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher explains and plays "Back to the Board" or "Don't Say It" with her class. Students make connections by using their existing knowledge to describe the word, which supports Long-term Memory and builds students' Vocabulary.

  • Interactive games, like match-game puzzles, allow learners to practice and assess their Vocabulary knowledge by matching words with their respective definitions. These fun games promote a positive emotional connection with learning and improve memory consolidation.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Learn how SpellingCity lets teachers create their own word lists and definitions to be incorporated into spelling and Vocabulary games. With a variety of games and levels, teachers can provide increasingly complex words to support deeper Vocabulary building.

  • Designing games that incorporate literacy skills like Syntax and Vocabulary encourages students' Attention on practicing and improving. Through these playful games, learners reinforce skills and concepts to promote greater fluency and further memory consolidation.
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