One of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News. This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events. Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more. It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.
Teaching with iPads this year? Check out my ELA lesson plans!
DIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world. Full of activities and information, this free app lets users check out the solar system. It’s a great choice for teachers looking to bring more hands on instruction into a science unit or locate informational text to supplement a lesson.
Learning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.
They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them. A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!
A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids
. Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games. They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!
Chalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students. This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students. Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups. Both teachers and students can track upcoming assignments and participate in discussions on course material.
Chalkup is being used in classrooms across the country including Texas A&M University, UCLA, and in K-12 learning environments. It’s a fantastic way to support students in the time they are outside of the classroom. You’ll give them a space to work through assignments with their classmates and give you the opportunity to easily grade assignments submitted through the platform.
Check out their website and video to learn more!