Word Central is a fun English language learning website developed by Merriam-Webster. It features several games for kids of all ages, along with various other helpful resources.
Games include Alpha-bot, a spelling game in 3 levels. “Easy” has words the average adult should be able to spell, such as sandwich and sparrow. “Medium” has words that some adults may second-guess their own spellings, such as dungeon and sufficient. “Difficult” has words appropriate for intense spelling bee preparation — some words I didn’t even recognize, some I recognized but would second-guess my spellings, and some were more familiar, such as curmudgeon and even diagnosis (shown, below). On the game, you turn dials, moving letters around and into place to spell the word which is given orally. Good luck, spellers! 😀
Other games on the Word Central website include Robo-Bee and BIGbot, both practicing types of words such as synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. There is also Jumble Kids, which is like a colorful puzzle from the Sunday paper.
All four games on Word Central — click to view larger:
Besides online games, the Word Central site also features a searchable dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary. These are all easy to access in the search bar at the top of the home page. There is also a “Daily Buzzword” — an English word-of-the-day in a fun format that includes a one-question quiz.
Word Central also has a section For Educators, which includes links to a brief biography of Noah Webster, state standards, a chart showing the appropriateness of each dictionary type for each age group, and other helpful resources. At the bottom of the page are links to even more online word fun websites!
Daily Buzzword and Dictionary chart — click to view larger:
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