Touch Press’s Ink Blott Undergroundapp for iOS is an engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences. The game educates students on prefixes and suffixes in relation to root words. The object of this game is to help Blott the Inkling—an inky, resourceful mole-like creature that lives below the ground in the literary world. Blott must work tirelessly to revitalize and maintain the dense and perilous Verbose Underground. Students work to guide Blott through caverns to collect crystals and unlock levels. However, the paths to the caverns are often blocked, so Blott must repair corrupted words or sentences to unblock the paths to the caverns in order to reach the crystals and unlock the level. As they progress through the levels, students are introduced to more sophisticated gameplay and a higher degree of difficulty in word pairings. Cost:Free
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.