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Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

3 Jul

Papermals_TSBillboard_ApplePapermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.  post_03_tablet

 

If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out.  With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app.  Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish.  To learn more visit their website or the App Store!

App Update: Happy Numbers

2 Jul

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Earlier this year I shared Happy Numbers, a wonderful website that gives teachers access to Common Core aligned activities for K-2 students.  They offer interactive math tutorials for children that can be assigned by teachers and sent to students so that they can practice content independently.
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There are lots of apps and websites that offer math content for students but what I love about Happy Numbers is their clear connection to the Common Core State Standards.  They’ve recently released a new set of exercises that focus on operations with 2-digit numbers.  Since  all of the exercises are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, teachers can pick and choose which activities to assign to their students
Happy Numbers has added a bunch of new exercises you’ll want to take a look at including 16 new exercises in the “Plus & Minus 1-100″ category.  Kids can add Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.26.14 AMand subtract with a hundreds chart as well as two-digit addition and subtraction activities.  It covers a variety of Common Core State Standards including CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.5 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.7.  This category is listed at Part 1 because it focuses on operations without regrouping.  Part 2 – which is coming soon – will follow up on this work and take it to the next level.
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Happy Numbers makes it easy for teachers to connect to their everyday lessons with specific exercises that match the curriculum for their grade level.  Sign up and check out what they have to offer!

Math Game to Support Common Core

21 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.42 PMThere 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.

Check out one of my lesson plans for teaching math with iPads!

Chicken Coop Fraction Games

20 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.15.32 AMA 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!Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.16.01 AM

Check out the math lesson plans in my TpT store or my list of 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps!

7 World Cup iPad Activities

18 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.24.28 AMGiving 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.

  1. Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.24.43 AMSummarize an article
  2. Point out nonfiction text features
  3. Determine the frequency of goals scored per game
  4. Pick out the main idea of each paragraph
  5. Create a graph showing each team’s performance
  6. Identify domain-specific vocabulary words
  7. Use two different articles to gather information on a day’s events

Share some ways that you could use this app with your students!

Try using baseball stats in your classroom too!

LearnZillion for Common Core Math & ELA Videos

12 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.10 AM 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.29 AMYou 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 looking for Science and Social Studies lesson plans check out my TpT Store!

Appolino Plus Minus Math Practice for Early Elementary

29 May
Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 6.12.35 PMimage-5This math app focuses on addition and subtraction skills and includes a variety of features to support elementary school students. It has multiple levels and is the perfect tool for helping children master fact families.  This colorful app is optimized for the large screen of an iPad and comes with nine free games.  You can upgrade to track student progress and access additional levels.
Use my screencasting guide to have students explain their thinking in your math classroom!
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