Have fun, get smart, feed poor

Just got word of this site from a homeschool mailing list I read. It’s called FreeRice, and it’s a multiple-choice vocabulary game. For each word you define correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to help feed hungry people worldwide. And the difficulty level adjusts to your performance, so you’ll probably even learn something as you get frustrated. So hey, go forth and click

(Helena, I am particularly eager to hear how you and/or Doug do on this one.)

(Edited to add: It is amazing how a working knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons and fantasy literature is serving me at this game. Tarn! Kirtle! Kobold!)

(Edited again to add: Thanks, Mom, for the childhood vocabulary lessons. I’m so happy that knowing what an ecdysiast is has come in handy.)

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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8 Responses to Have fun, get smart, feed poor

  1. Helena says:

    That was cool! It’s like playing Balderdash by yourself.
    Well, I got up to level 44 before I missed anything (guessed on a couple) and then I kept going up and down, and couldn’t get past the 40’s. But I donated over 1000 grains of rice! (Surely they don’t actually count out individual grains?)

  2. Helena says:

    Still playing… just wanted to let you know I got the word “picayune.” Heh.

  3. Mimi says:

    I’m at the office so I had to bag out, but I donated 500 grains of rice. Very cool. I did pretty well.

  4. Helena says:

    Yes! 4020 grains of rice later, I have finally reached level 50. That was rough.

  5. Very cool… I’ll be off to try that in a bit. In the meantime, I tagged you on my blog….

  6. Lori V. says:

    Hey, Molly… this was on another blog I visit, too… totally addictive, but much more useful than Boomshine! LOL!
    I quit at 2000, though it was terribly hard!

  7. Lynn says:

    My short attention span made me quit at 600. Interesting idea!

  8. michele says:

    gee … thanks. now i’m frickin’ addicted. but somewhere someone is eating 680 grains of rice thanks to my lack of a social life in high school.

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