W.O.R.D. in the Classroom

W.O.R.D. deepens comprehension by teaching students the 2,500 word families that make up 90% of all text. Enhance your K-5 literacy blocks with a fun and engaging, research-driven vocabulary program.

How does it fit into my classroom?

W.O.R.D. fits into your existing K-5 literacy program with digital, guided gameplay that students can complete on their own, on any screen.

  • Independent Learning

    Students independently achieve learning objectives, while guided sessions keep them on track to complete each module with confidence.

  • Balanced Literacy

    W.O.R.D. fits into your existing balanced literacy program with flexible 20-minute sessions, perfect for students to play independently as part of a literacy center.

  • Personalized

    At the start of each module, W.O.R.D. evaluates your student's vocabulary knowledge through a placement test and assigns a personalized path for learning. Appropriate vocabulary is delivered in proper contexts to guide your students through each challenge.

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    Robust Reporting

    The educator dashboard puts the right data in your hands to better inform your class instruction. Observe individual and class progress and identify opportunities for enrichment, theme exploration, or additional support.

How does it fit into a classroom schedule?

Every minute of a classroom's schedule is valuable. W.O.R.D. fits comfortably into flexible 20-minute sessions with the option to save progress at any time. Integrate two to three W.O.R.D. sessions each week into an existing balanced literacy program to give students sufficient exposure to new vocabulary or deepen comprehension of existing word knowledge in multiple contexts.

How does it fit into my literacy block?

W.O.R.D. fits into your existing balanced literacy program with flexible 20-minute sessions, perfect for independent or guided reading, or as part of a literacy center. See the Research.


Only 60 minutes a week incorporated into your literacy block

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My vision is for kids to have greater facility with core bodies of knowledge and the high-utility vocabulary that accounts for the majority of words they'll come across in text. If we can get kids to know 90% of these words, and to know them deeply, they will be better at figuring out the rest.

Dr. Elfrieda "Freddy" Hiebert

Funding and Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of funding opportunities that support your investment in W.O.R.D.



Title I, Part A, provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers of children from low-income families.

Title I: SES provides supplemental educational services at qualifying Title I schools.

Title III, Early Language Acquisition, is designed to ensure that children with limited English proficiency obtain the same academic standards in English as all children.

21st CCLC supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

Reading First supports the use of scientifically based research as the foundation for reading instruction.

Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program serves traditionally underrepresented students to help reduce the gap at the highest levels of achievement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Words help students succeed in literacy and life. Answers to your W.O.R.D. questions help you succeed in accelerating your students’ word knowledge.

What are the system and software requirements?

Supported hardware and operating systems for desktop include Windows 7 and higher, Mac OS x 10.9+ (Mavericks) and higher and ChromeBooks running OS version 64 and higher. Supported browsers include the latest versions of Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Supported iOS mobile devices include devices running iOS 6 and higher (including iPad 2 and iPhone 6 and higher) with latest versions of Chrome and Safari. Supported Android mobile devices include devices running OS 4.1 (JellyBean) and higher with the latest versions of Chrome.

Can I see a demo?

A demo is coming soon for educators and students to trial W.O.R.D. before purchase. Sign up for our presale list to be notified as soon as it’s ready!

Is there a placement test?

There is a placement test at the beginning of each module. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their existing knowledge of vocabulary and be appropriately placed in a passage.

Still have questions?

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