Title: The Tortoise
and the Hare
Source: Broderbund's Living Books
Playing Time: As much as the Teacher using
the program feels appropriate
Cost: $ 89.95
Number of Players: One person on
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Computer/
overhead source for front room viewing
Subject Area: Reading, phonics, word
tracking while story is being read.
Objectives: Focus on words and reading
Brief Description: Is the classic story
about the tortoise and the hare, tell about the challenge and the race.
The story allows for just reading, in english and in spanish, as
well as being able to click on different object on the page and watch them
do something crazy and funny. The packet comes with a book, to follow along
with as well as a packet of very helpful, useful, information and materials.
Entry Capabilities Required: This would
be good for a 1st-3rd grade lesson, so some knowledge of words, reading,
and ability to pay attention would be needed.
Relevance to objectives: 4
Ability to follow along with the story word for word.
Provides practice of relevant skills:4
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 5
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3(lots
going on, on page)
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): This is a participatory book,
it makes the students pay attention with teacher direction
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): Fun, a story
book for kids
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Would be tested perhaps orally, allowing for kids to say how they liked
Clear directions for play: Yes 5
Effectiveness of debriefing:
2 The book needs to be followed up by the teacher . Finishing with the
moral and what ever the teacher wants the kids to know.
Story can be told in Spanish or English.
Students attention will be kept due to all of the little things that
the book offers.
Great colors and sounds.
Can go right to any page.
Letters and writing are a little small but not unreadable.
may possibly be too much happening for young students to pay attentiuon
to what is being said.
Reviewer: Andrew T. Martin
Position: Under grad Potsdam
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.