Wordshark 5

Wordshark 5


Wordshark 5 is one of the most widely used programmes in Irish schools. It  offers more than 60 motivating reading and spelling games. It is suitable for a wide age range with its material ranging from simple 3-letter words through to challenging sets for very able spellers. It is widely used for children and early teenagers with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties




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Full Description

Wordshark includes  includes a high quality phonics approach which is available for the majority of the word lists. Different games include blending sounds into words for reading and also segmenting into sounds and syllables for spelling. All common letter patterns and auditory patterns are covered, also spelling rules, syllable work for longer words, homophones, and alphabet and dictionary skills.

The tailored games and structured word lists make Wordshark especially useful for students with dyslexia as well as for general use.

The games are excellent for use on an interactive whiteboard and children enjoy playing the games on the big screen. An on-screen keypad is provided with the program.

Variable speeds and other options meet all levels of skill.

For what ages is it suitable?

Wordshark is mostly used by students between 5 and 15. Some of the games are more suitable for younger children but most games are appropriate for any age.

The variety of games, concepts and words make Wordshark suitable for use in both primary and secondary schools.

More information on using Wordshark for different ages and abilities (PDF)

How are the words set out?

Teachers have a very wide set of word lists to choose from, grouped into courses. Several can be worked through in sequence – or dipped into as needed.

Specific courses include:

  • The Wordshark course (default) – a structured sequential course
  • Everyday vocabulary lists (especially useful for ESL)
  • Secondary school subject lists
  • High frequency words
  • A course to support ‘Letters and Sounds’
  • A course to support ‘Alpha to Omega’ by Beve Hornsby and Frula Shear
  • An alphabet and dictionary skills course

Can you add your own words?

Yes! This is one of the things that Wordshark users like most about Wordshark, and it’s very easy. You can add as many lists of words as you like. You can also add your own pictures, and record the words yourself (or record your students). You can also add description and translation lists.

Are records of student activities kept?

Records (printable) are kept once students have been added to the system. A facility is available to track specific progress.

Can specific work be set for students?

Once students are added to the system, you can choose the words and games that they can use. This can also be done for groups of students.

What printouts are available with the course?

Sentence work sheets (crossword puzzles), spelling lists and word searches can all be printed out. Flash cards for each list can also be printed. (A4 size down to credit card size). Click to go to the Printing Resources page

What is needed to run Wordshark 5?

  • Operating systems:

Windows: 7, 8, or 10

Macs: OSX 10.7 to 10.12




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