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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!

Curious Ruler – iPad Measurement 

24 May
imageBrand new from the team behind Oh No Fractions, Curious Ruler is fantastic app that helps students explore measurement.  I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the math classroom and this one definitely belongs on the list.  It asks you to choose from a selection of common objects to use as a reference tool for measuring other objects.  You can see in this picture how I used my iPhone as a reference to measure the length of my iPad case.  This very cool app is free for a limited time, so download it today!
Interested in teaching math with iPads, here are a few Common Core aligned lesson plans to check out!

Free Graphing Calculator for iPads

19 May

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 There are lots of ways to quickly solve math problems on your iPad (MyScript MathPad and MyScript Calculator) and here’s a great free option for middle and high school students.  With this app kids can graph equations, convert units and access a reference guide.  Free Graphing Calculator will definitely come in handy inside and outside of the classroom.
Looking for more math apps? Here’s a list of must-haves.

Practice Fractions with VersaMate!

18 May

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 8.45.36 AMIf 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:

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