What is Wordshark?
Wordshark is a computer program to help you read and spell.
It uses 55 specially designed games to teach and to reinforce reading and spelling using 9,000 pre-recorded words grouped in specially selected word lists. You can also add your own words.
The numerous permutations of games and word lists create both variety and motivation.
Wordshark includes a high quality phonics approach to reading based on \’Letters and Sounds\’. Different games include blending sounds into words for reading and also segmenting into sounds and syllables for spelling. All common letter patterns and auditory patterns are covered, also spelling rules, homophones, alphabet and dictionary skills.
The tailored games and structured word lists make Wordshark especially useful for students with dyslexia as well as for general use.
The games are excellent for use on an interactive whiteboard and children enjoy playing the games on the big screen. An on-screen keypad is provided with the program.
The program has an A4 size manual with advice on use of the program. There are also on-screen help boxes for every game as well as pop-up teaching notes.
Variable speeds and other options meet all levels of skill.
For what ages is it suitable?
Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but most games are appropriate for any age.
There are courses which do not mention ages or levels, helpful for some students.
The variety of games, concepts and words make Wordshark suitable for use in both primary and secondary schools.