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.
If you’re teaching fractions to your students VersaMate is a fantastic companion app. It covers equivalent fractions, as well as comparing, ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. This bright and colorful game asks children to interact with fractions while using critical thinking skills. There are two sample activities to try for free more to download with an in app purchase.
Here are two lists to check out: