There are lots of apps that are gearing their content to address the Common Core State Standards. Math Planet is a fantastic app that contains lots of games that will help students master Common Core math skills. Designed for students in second through eighth grade, it allows users to try out a handful of games for free before purchasing content specific to a particular grade level. Students can have an individual login to keep track of their performance.
A silly and fun app for upper elementary students, Chicken Coop Fractions is full of high quality content. Kids can interact with fractions by playing a variety of games designed to grab their attention and get them thinking about fractions. This app comes with free access to an estimating fractions games and gives you the option to unlock a handful of other activities. If you have only a few iPads in your classroom this is a great choice for station work!
Giving students access to high-interest topics is a great way to engage them across the content areas. If your school is in session during this year’s World Cup or you want to revisit an exciting summer event when your students arrive in September, check out the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil app for the iPad. Here are a few ideas of Common Core related activities that can be tailored to different grade levels using the informational text and statistics within this app.
- Summarize an article
- Point out nonfiction text features
- Determine the frequency of goals scored per game
- Pick out the main idea of each paragraph
- Create a graph showing each team’s performance
- Identify domain-specific vocabulary words
- Use two different articles to gather information on a day’s events
Try using baseball stats in your classroom too!
I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources this month (TED-Ed, Newsela, Met Museum, Readworks) and LearnZillion is another that is perfect for Math and English Language Arts teachers. Whether you’re looking to teach to the Common Core State Standards or simply want quality material to share with your students, LearnZillion has plenty to choose from.
You can sign up for free and access video lessons and teacher guides for students in second grade through high school. LearnZillion is a great resource for sharing videos on tough math concepts with families who are looking to support their children after school hours.