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Write About This! Prompts

18 Mar

image (1)A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This.  Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration.  This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.

Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:

CyberChase Shape Quest!

14 Mar

imageIf you’re studying shapes, geometry or spatial reasoning with students try out this free app from PBS Kids.  CyberChase Shape Quest! includes games and puzzles that will help children explore these concepts.  This app connects to the PBS series and also features an augmented reality activity!

Teaching Common Core math in elementary school? Check out some of my resources!

70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

13 Mar

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact me to learn about onsite and virtual professional development.

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Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans using these apps!

Grammaropolis for ELA

11 Mar

imageA wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources.  The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.

Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:

Model Math Word Problems

21 Feb

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Math Word Problems – Addition is a wonderful app for kindergarten and first grade students.  This app provides multiple ways for children to model their computation and supports them in finding the answer.  There is audio support and lots of ways for students to find a solution. The first level of this app is free with download.

Here are two Common Core math lesson plans for teaching with mobile devices:

Animal Math Games for Kids

17 Feb

image (99)Animal Math Games for Kids is a super fun app for early learners that will help them work on counting, number sense and patterns.  This app is bright, colorful and aligned to kindergarten Common Core Standards.  Free to download and play, this app offers some upgrades to unlock the full version.

Working with numbers in your classroom? Here are a few of my favorite Common Core lesson plans for teaching math in grades 3-6!

Chatterpix Makes Pictures Come to Life

12 Feb

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I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for taking photographs to the next level using iPads (Funny Movie Maker, Shadow Puppet) and here’s another awesome one to add to the list! ChatterPix Kids lets your students put their voice to any image whether it’s a historical figure, a character from their favorite book, or a photo of a friend.  Try having students use this app to demonstrate their understanding of the main character of a book or what they learned during a research project.

Here are two Common core aligned lesson plans that will work great with Chatterpix!

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