****The board game is engaging. I also love the real pictures as visual prompts. So many of my students have difficulty with WH questions, so I know I will the use the app a lot. I can use it to simultaneously target sentence formation, syntax and articulation using the expressive format. (Speech Room News)****
Wh-Questions Island was developed by a certified speech and language pathologist for children to practice auditory comprehension and verbal expression by answering wh-questions.
Children will have fun playing the colorful animated board game and earning rewards while practicing wh-questions with real -life photos.
Wh-Questions Island includes two activity types: flashcard and the board game
Wh-Questions Island includes both receptive and expressive language tasks.
In receptive task, children listen to wh-questions and select the correct answer when given three choices. In the expressive task, children verbally answer wh-questions.
Wh-Questions Island offers 480 wh-questions:
- What questions (e.g. “What do you buy in the toy store? “) - 80 questions organized into four sets
- Where questions (e.g. “Where does a fireman work?”) - 80 questions organized into four sets
- Who questions (e.g. “Who is your best friend?”) - 80 questions organized into four sets
- When questions (e.g. “When do you go to the doctor?”) - 80 questions organized into four sets
- Why questions (e.g. “Why do you wear a helmet?”) - 80 questions organized into four sets
- How questions (e.g. “How do you help your parents?”) - 80 questions organized into four sets
Wh-Questions Island is easy to navigate and allows users to employ several tools to perform the following tasks:
-enter multiple students
-save selected goals for next sessions
-select auto-scoring for receptive task
-select alternate counts for multiple students
-enable or disable written picture descriptions
-use audio recording feature
-track correct and incorrect responses
-view reports in table and graphical forms
-e-mail results at the end of the game
- Ability to randomize activities in addition to pages
- Hide score during the session
- Ability to disable score sounds
- Ability to change score sounds
- Ability to update user
Ratings and Reviews
As an elementary school English as a second language teacher, I have frequently used this app with my kindergarten and 1st grade students. They really like this app and call it, "The Pirate Game." Setting up/starting the game is a little tricky and must be done by an adult. Students listen to a question and answer choices accompanied by a colorful photograph. I like how there is usually a plausible but incorrect answer choice that makes the students pay close attention to the structure of the question. There is a feature that allows students to record their voices asking and/or answering the question. I usually have the students record themselves repeating the question because the grammar of asking questions is more challenging for them than giving an answer. Since the recording is not saved by the app, and since I use this with beginning English speakers, doing the recording is done with the teacher monitoring and giving feedback. Recording the students voice is optional for game play . When the student selects the correct answer, they get to tap the spinner and advance on the game board. This keeps the students engaged and excited about practicing grammar and critical thinking.
Good app-one critique
My only critique of the app would be the lack of a more noticeable chime or 'celebration' when the child selects a correct answer during the receptive language tasks. The quiet 'ding' is difficult to differentiate from the sound of an incorrect answer. If something like an X could appear for an incorrect answer and a star for a correct one, I feel like the kids would be able to differentiate the answers better. (Or a voice saying 'try again' or 'great job!'). With this modification, I would certainly recommend this app to other speech therapists.
Great app, needs a few tweaks
My speech/language students in 3rd are really enjoying using this app. The teacher can also adjust whether it is a receptive or expressive activity. There is a record but I can't figure out how to go back later and listen to responses. I would like to see more diversity reflected in the faces of the avatars for kids to choose. The report section tells you which skill the student completed, but doesn't say if it was receptive or expressive. I really, really need this for records. Please make that change.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.