Go back into time and explore Language Empires by Smarty Ears. After watching the included video tutorial, students choose either a picture or avatar to represent themselves. If you have a limited amount of time, you can choose a quick play, which can be played with one student. Next, select the empire you want your student to work on. If you have the time to play a longer game, this app can be used to improve social skills by adding more players. If you want to play a social game you must have a minimum of 5 players. Once the 5 students are entered, you drag them to the map. Students enter their spot on the island, at the level the student will be working on. Most games are 2 levels, except sequencing which is 3 levels. If you forget to enter a player the app reminds you, making sure you do not leave a student out of the game.
Users can visit eight empires either as a group or individually. The empires include Predicting, Sequencing, Vocabulary, Figurative Language, Which, Why or How. Within in each empire, there are different levels for the student depending on their level of understanding.
If you want to go further, set your settings with display written questions. If the student’s answer is incorrect, you can choose a to have a buzzer sound or no noise. When set to no noise, an incorrect answer is just removed. A very nice option for students with sensory integration, this helps relieve their anxiety.
Teachers who want to cross curriculum can also add the different Empires in history to increase student knowledge. My students enjoy this game for so many reasons… they love the concept of a treasure map and they love choosing an avatar among other things. The social game works well during a social studies game as we talk about an empire and then move into the game and incorporate Common Core Standards. When working individually I can work on IEP goals.
Common Core Standards:
Demonstrate the understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
In an orally presented or written story, the student will identify the main ideas and pertinent details, and identify the sentences which relate the main ideas and details. Using speech-reading only combined with residual hearing, the student will answer number comprehension questions about a paragraph or short story. The student will sequence objects, pictures, and letters by identifying first, middle and last.