Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge. MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students. Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story. It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.
MadLibs is free to download and includes tons of activities for students. They can create stories, find support within the app, and share their final products with peers.
Here’s an Android option for MadLibs!
If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide. Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:
Parents play an important role in successful learning, and educational technology can help support students and their families after school hours. The Thinksy app creates an environment where families learn and play together. ‘Thinksy-enabled’ games, built in partnership with dozens of independent game developers, covers hundreds of K-3 Common Core learning objectives for math.
While children are engaged, parents are given unique tools that monitor progress, adjust learning and deliver unique rewards. Parents can encourage their child with a unique message, emoticon or reward from inside the game. With Thinksy, parents become a part of the learning process from anywhere. Additionally, each player’s learning progress adapts automatically and is maintained between PC, iOS, and Android devices. Thinksy’s parent engagement tools launch later this month, with subscriptions starting at $7.50/month for iOS or Android.
Visit Thinksy’s website to learn more or watch this video!