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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that FunDog ~ Reading and Thinking Word Analogies is a simple app made by reading teachers for kids to practice selecting opposite words and rhyming words. There are three opposites quizzes and three rhyming quizzes of ten questions each. Questions are set up as multiple choice analogies, for example, "good:bad::in:___" or "red:bed::hot:___." After you pick one of the three possible answers, you see the correct answer, and if you picked it, you earn a bone. Your score is shown at the end of the quiz. Results can also be tracked in Game Center, a social network, but participation is optional. Kids will need to be reading and understanding simple words and their relationships to enjoy the quizzes.
What's it about?
FUN DOG READING & THINKING WORD ANALOGIES quizzes kids on opposites and rhyme. Kids choose a bone from six choices – three for opposites and three for rhymes. They are then quizzed in an analogy-type sentence to find the correct choice to complete the sentence, like fun:run::hid:DID. Before playing a round, kids can view a tutorial that shows the format of the game. Time is tracked, though there is no time limit, and correct number of answers is tracked as well.
Is it any good?
This is a basic but cute app for practicing rhyming and opposites, with Fun Dog providing words (barks?!) of encouragement along the way. It doesn't offer much instruction, or replayability once the six quizzes are completed, but it could be a really useful teaching, assessment, or practice tool for teachers working with many different kids.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
- Price: $.99
- Release date: August 8, 2011
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 2.30 MB
- Publisher: iReadingTeacher
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
For kids who love reading practice
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