Speakaboos for Storytime

I’ve shared some great options for reading on iPads and Speakaboos is worth checking out! With three free books to download – and access to many more if you choose to upgrade – this app is full of engaging stories with audio support and interactive features! Here are some of my favorite lessons for supporting ELA […]

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Marine Missions to Explore Ocean Science

Another great app from National Geographic is Marine Missions, a bright and colorful game that teaches children about water conservation and the animals that live in the ocean.  A great tool for reinforcing lessons on ecosystems or extending a unit on biodiversity! Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans on sustainability, eating healthy, and […]

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Duolingo: a Powerful Free Language App

This simply amazing app will change the way your students learn a new language. Similar to Rosetta Stone, Duolingo helps students increase their vocabulary and grammar through pictures and audio support.  It’s hard to believe that it’s completely free! Check out one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for learning new vocabulary! This […]

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Organize Thinking in a GRID

I’m a huge fan of graphic organizers (you might have realized by now!) and GRID by Binary is truly a fantastic choice for students.  With a combination of text, images and more, this app allows users to organize their thinking around a topic using squares on a grid.  Customize the size and color of your […]

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Discovery Channel on iPads

It doesn’t have to be shark week for you to find great content from the Discovery Channel.  Whether you’re looking for clips of new shows that can hook your students when kicking off a new unit, or a way to connect your instruction to current environmental issues, check out their free iPad app! Here are […]

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3D Atlas for iPads

There are lots of great apps for searching the globe, and a great 3D tool is Atlas by Collins.  Zoom in to their satellite view of the Earth and access more information about countries, cities and states.  The satellite globe comes free with the app and more detailed maps can be purchased within the app. […]

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Penguin Leveled Readers: iPad Bookshelf

Penguin Leveled Reader is a wonderful bookshelf app for young readers.  Students can listen to narration, read along, and manipulate the story.  This app comes with one free text from each of the four levels offered and more can be downloaded with in-app purchases. Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching reading […]

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Spelling Bee Prep App

UPDATE: This app is no longer free but still a great choice for kids! Spell + Friends by Tap to Learn is the perfect free app for preparing your students for their next spelling bee.  They will be introduced to the Consolidated Word List, and have the chance to learn, practice and compete with a partner […]

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Tell a Tale on iPads

If you’re looking to challenge your students try Tell a Tale in your ELA class.  Perfect for partner and group work, this app gives the first and last sentence of a story and three images that must be referenced somewhere in their tale.  Players have to create their own story using only these clues! Check […]

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Inspiration Lite for Mind Mapping

There are a few iPad graphic organizers I like to use with my students, and Inspiration Lite is one of them!  Whether they’re taking notes, brainstorming or just looking to organize their thinking, Inspiration Lite is a great free app to customize mind mapping. Check out my Common Core iPad lesson plans for teaching ELA […]

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