Thursday, May 15, 2008

Expand Your Vocabulary and Feed the World!

Help end world hunger

Take your students to the wonderful website to help them build their vocabulary and work to end world hunger at the same time. While not a highly accessible site, the vocabulary word can be read aloud.

FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site,

According to the website, FreeRice has two goals:

  1. To provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
  2. To help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

USA Today says,

“Feeling guilty about wasting time on computer solitaire? Join the growing guilt-free multitude at, an online game with redeeming social value.”

School Library Journal says,

“A teacher of fourth and fifth graders on the Yurok Indian reservation in Klamath, CA, . . . emailed the WFP. ‘My students absolutely LOVE the FreeRice site. Almost daily they earn several thousand grains of rice!’ she wrote. ‘You cannot imagine the joy in my heart when I look out and see 25 kids doing vocabulary work and enjoying it.’”

I played on the website today and find it is really quite addictive! I enjoyed learning new vocabulary words and watching how many bowls of rice I could fill. I imagine many students will be motivated to keep going with the vocabulary just to see how many bowls they can fill! It would be easy for a teacher to create a goal for a minimum number of bowls or a competition in the classroom for who could fill the most bowls. You have got to play:)

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