Develop Reading Fluency with Spaceteam App

Spaceteam app probably wasn’t created to help kids learn to decode rapidly, but it just might be the best method available. Spaceteam requires 2-4 players who all work on their Screen Shot 2014-12-25 at 9.40.45 PMown device to collaboratively solve meaningless problems. Each player is given a dashboard of gadgets with novel labels. Players see commands pop up on their screen. The only thing is each command is to be executed not by the player herself, but by one of the other Spaceteam members; therefore, the player who receives the command must quickly shout it out for another player to execute.

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The game requires speed, collaboration, multitasking, and most of all, quick reading skills. For students in grades 2 through 6, they play without even realizing they are working on reading skills, and that’s the beauty of it. The game is so engaging and fun, they will beg for more and more, and before you know it, will have fluency that is out of this world! Here are my own kids (mostly grown ups) playing:

Spaceteam is free with upgrades available for $4.99. It is currently available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Tim Bedley

Tim Bedley has been teaching elementary school since 1988. He was recognized as the 2013 Riverside County Teacher of the year. Tim is also the founder of America's number one educational rock band, Rockin' the Standards. He also produces two podcast found on iTunes: The Bedley Bros. and The 5-Minute MishMash. Tim and his brother Scott are co-founders of Global School Play Day, a grassroots movement to promote unstructured play with today's youths.

2 thoughts on “Develop Reading Fluency with Spaceteam App”

  1. Awesome concept! This game looks like a blast and it’s great that Tim and his collaborators demonstrated it for us. Very cool!

  2. Hello Tim,
    What an awesome way for our students to practice their reading skills and increase their fluency rates!!! I teach a 4th-grade, bilingual class, and the majority of my students are reading below grade-level standards. So, I am still working on ways to build reading fluency with my students. Spaceteam seems like an excellent way to do that. I know my students are going to love this app. I am always looking for fun, engaging, and FREE apps or websites to use in the classroom with my students. Thank you for sharing!

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