Make the most of Wordshark by discussing:
1) What are the most important outcomes for the school/students?
2) How is Wordshark going to be used? Take a look at the diagram above to see the student’s learning journey/options. The report by St Leonard's School may also be helpful
3) How can Wordshark be scheduled into the day for students to access?
5) On an ongoing basis:
a. Who will be able to review reading/spelling progress? Viewing reports
b. What are the best ways to provide extra encouragement to students? Eg. Click here for achievement certificates
1. Supershark – once the students sign in they are automatically given a test which places them in Supershark (the automatic progression course). It runs all the time and progresses them through the Wordshark course – use the print out of this overview, to check progress - and for where to move students to if needed – under Set Work tab then ‘Change level – Supershark’ button
Supershark cycles through different games choices and ensures periodic spelling tests requiring between 85% and 100% accuracy for mastery – see under ‘Student Progress’ tab.
Supershark may be your main use of the program, or you may well wish to set work in addition
2. Set work (see below)
3. Free Play* – granting this enables ‘handpicked’ trustworthy students to choose any word list
Student Progress* tab. Built over night. ‘All’ in the student dropdown gives an onscreen group report. Each green square represents a whole Unit covered in your chosen time period (each unit being a group of word lists). Individual student reports can be saved. Decide an acceptable pace of work.
Set work * Match any spellings/vocabulary you may be working on. Choose any list from the published courses – or create your own lists* and set them as work with the easy set-up tool. Progress for Set work is under the ‘Set work’ tab and requires at least 75% accuracy for completion
A quick tip
TAs (and parents) working with individuals, could use the student’s ‘own lists’ tab and create private lists with them. These could be from common errors that occur in their work or contain useful vocabulary.
How other schools use Wordshark and more…