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Words

Purpose and Description

The Words lesson type provides students with rows of words that can be used to explore letter-word and phonetic concepts during whole-group and small group instruction. It is good for previewing and reviewing content-area vocabulary words. Students manipulate letters and words to explore their structure and how they are spelled.

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How it works: Play mode

On "My Lessons" page search for the lesson that you want to create. Use the filters to the right to streamline your search. Once you find the desired lesson, touch the "Play" icon located on the middle of the lesson to open it.

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Students can move color-coded letters to form words, and then split them into syllable groups. Letters can be moved within a row by dragging, and they can also be moved between rows. The Phonetics button, located at the bottom of the screen, can be pressed to highlight specific letter combinations. The letters will merge together. For example, merging an “e” and a “d” will become “ed”. The words can be pre-set to appear randomly. The group of rows can be moved all at once by dragging on the background. It can also be zoomed in or out by pinching.

The Words lesson type is open-ended, so no feedback or points are provided.

Some lessons have a YouTube video linked to it and can show up at the beginning of the lesson. The video can be dismissed by pressing the X in the top right corner, or by pressing any key on the keyboard.

How to Build

Manage content

The Manage Content Screen opens upon selecting the lesson type, where lesson content can be set. Below is an example from a previously created lesson.

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Type in the title of the lesson in the textbox located at the top left side of the screen. Tap the Create Content button to add each content bar needed for the lesson.

Enter the text for each item in the text boxes. Any text entered in the box will appear in the Preview screen. The handles located on the right side of each text/content bar can be used to move them to a different order. Select the circle icon to the left of the bar to delete the bar.

Customize content

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The Customize Content screen provides a way to change the look of the Words lesson. Above the words, there is a color selection row. The circle located at the far left in the row is the default color. Selecting it will give the word a random color. To set a color for a word, tap a color, and then touch a word. Select the Update Preview button at the bottom of the Customize Content screen to update changes.

The All button will change the words to the selected color. The Random (crossed arrows) will change the color of each word to a random color.

The Undo button located at the right of the color selection row will undo all of the actions that were completed since the last the preview screen was updated. Press the Update Preview button located beneath the words in the Customize Content section to see the changes in the Preview screen, located in the top right section of the display.

Preview Screen

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The Preview Screen, located in the top right of the interface, will display the current state of the lesson as you update your work. After you are done making the lesson, the Preview screen provides a way to play the lesson and check if any changes are needed.

In the Text section, located beneath the Preview Screen, you can select the font, font color, and font shadow.

In the Background section you can choose a background for your lesson. Under Theme you can choose a Snowflake MultiTeach® theme from a drop-down menu. Under Background you can use the green button to open a file browser and select an image from your hard drive or the internet.

In the Gameplay section, you can set the rules for the lesson. The Ordered rule sets the letters in the same order and on the same row as they appear in the Manage Content screen. The Randomized option will shuffle the letters order on each row. All Random shuffles the letters over all of the rows. In this section you can also activate and set a timer.

To interact with the lesson in full-screen mode, press Play.

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