Teaching basic vocabulary and math skills to today’s students can be challenging at times, and remediation for students who are struggling can be overwhelming. One extremely valuable tool available for teachers and students is Freerice.com, a non-profit website that supports the World Food Program.
Freerice is a web-based trivia game that has two goals:
- Provide education to everyone for free.
- Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
While this charitable idea on its own is ingenious, it creates an intrinsic reward to those who participate that is very addictive – students always are wanting to answer more questions to keep donating more rice. Additionally, teachers can create accounts for their students and have them join class groups, where goals can be set and class tallies of rice can be made to see how much rice the entire class has donated over time.
Many different subjects are available to answer questions on, including English vocabulary, basic math skills, geography skills, and foreign languages, with more subjects being added continuously. What’s more, many of the subjects have the option to change the level of difficulty as you are answering questions, which allows you to individualize this for each student based on his/her needs.
If the content is too easy for the student, the site will gradually increase their level as they answer questions. If the questions prove to be more challenging, it will alter the difficulty as well. This is a godsend for teachers who instruct groups of students at varying learning levels, tailoring the activity to meet the needs of all students.