Have students create a visual model using virtual base ten blocks and take a screenshot of their work. Add the screenshot to a ScreenChomp creation and have students record themselves as they explain their thinking!
There are tons of fantastic math apps for iPads and here are ten you should download today!
- Virtual Base 10 Blocks
- Meerkat Math Fact Fun
- Hopscotch for Coding
- Math Champ Challenge
- MyScript Calculator
- Learning to Round on iPads
- Long Division iPad App
- Math vs Zombies for Fluency
- Coordinate Grid for iPads
- No More Rubber Bands: Virtual Geoboard
It’s often the simplest apps that pack the biggest punch and that is definitely true of Comparative Adjectives. This app presents clean, crisp images to children and asks them to identify the largest, smallest, most colorful, etc., item on the screen. Great for early elementary schoolers and English Language Learners!
If you only have one or a few iPads in your classroom, interactive story apps are great for stations and partner activities. Goodnight Safari is a beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.
The Opposites is a wonderful cartoon app that helps children identify antonyms. With a combative brother and sister spouting off words, players need to identify pairs of opposite words. This free game has different levels that will challenge both elementary and middle school students.
The iTunes Store is full of great apps that are perfect for early elementary and preschool students, check these out!
- Learn With Homer to Teach Reading
- ABC House for Early Elementary
- Pocket Phonics for Literacy Instruction
- Early Elementary Math Practice on iPads
- Speakaboos for Storytime
- iPad Coloring Books
I love math games and am a big fan of Tangrams and anything geometry. Dragon Geometry is a fantastic app for teaching children about shapes. This engaging, colorful game is great for elementary school students!
Teaching geometry? Try out my Common Core aligned lesson plan – great for stations!
Perfect for children who love to “strike a pose” this app presents kids with scenes from a comic strip. They can act out each scene, snap a picture and create a customized story. FriendStrip Comic Creator is a wonderful app for teaching children about telling a story in sequence and has plenty of free options to choose from!
There are lots of ways to read books on iPads (or create your own). Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs allows children read an interactive storybook by themselves, with help, or simply listen to it read aloud. With high-quality graphics and easy to flip through pages this free picture book is worth checking out!
There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom. With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer). You can even change the sounds to one of the new I iPhone ringtones!
Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice. Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll. This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie. it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!
I’ve shared some engaging apps for students to practice math fluency and Meerkat Math is one to add to your list. The free version lets players test their addition skills at a range of levels. The quicker questions are answered, the faster the meerkat runs!
It’s so important for students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept and screencasting is a wonderful alternative assessment. Have students take screenshots in an app like Geoboard – they can create different shapes and snap pictures of their work. Then students can import these pictures into Educreations (they’ll be automatically saved to the iPad Camera roll). Using the record and narrate features in Educreations, your students can explain what type of shape they made and list its properties. It’s a great way to hold students accountable for explaining their thinking and can even be used in a digital portfolio.
Prime numbers can be tricky for students and there is a simple, free app that can help them check their work. Get Primes lets users set a range for searching prime numbers and with a quick tap it will show students if they’re on the right track.