FunDog ~ Reading & Thinking Word Analogies
What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
The activities are reasonably fun, but the app is so brief that kids may run through it very quickly.
When kids answer the questions, they'll get a chime and see the word "CORRECT," but when they miss one, they'll hear a "boing" and see the red word "INCORRECT." The correct answer is then given with no opportunity to try again and no explanation of the answer. Due to the minimal guidance, this app is better suited for assessment or as a starting point for some direct instruction.
There's a corresponding website with a blog and book suggestions, but there's not really extensive technical support.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about rhymes. Challenge your kid to write a rhyming opposites poem using as many rhyming words and opposite words as possible.
Read PD Eastman's <em>Go Dog Go</em> as a supplement to have more fun with opposites and rhyming (and dogs!)