Endless Alphabet is one of my favorite apps for early learners and Endless Reader is the perfect companion! This app helps children build sight words by spelling each one out and watching them come to life. The first few letters are free and the whole alphabet is yours with in-app purchases. Definitely download and try out today!
Use iPads to teach literacy! Try out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans!
If you’re looking for a simple app to teach parts and wholes, Pizza Fractions is for you! With three different levels and straightforward instructions, you’ll find that this app is perfect for early elementary school students or children who need a little extra help naming fractions.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching fractions! (For other math topics, click here!)
I’ve shared some engaging apps for students to practice math fluency and Meerkat Math is one to add to your list. The free version lets players test their addition skills at a range of levels. The quicker questions are answered, the faster the meerkat runs!
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using free apps to teach: Symmetry, Fractions, Polygons, Graphing, and more using iPads with your students!
With so many great iPad math games to choose from, Pick a Path is another from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Players must decide the best way to reach a target number using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative numbers. There are many ways to get to the target and students will have to use their foundational math skills to earn points and find the best answer.
Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching math on iPads!
There are lots of great iPad apps for teaching literacy skills and Learn With Homer is definitely worth checking out! With games for learning letter sounds and classic stories with cartoon characters this app is absolutely fantastic for children getting ready to start school. Download the free features before deciding if you’ll upgrade!
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads!
Foundational skills are so important when pushing students as readers. Start off strong by trying out Pocket Phonics with students heading into elementary school. With free lessons and upgrade options, Pocket Phonics will teach students letter sounds and sight words.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching English Language Arts on iPads: making connections, figurative language, idioms, fluency, and more!
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 instruction with iPads!
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 strategies on iPads!
If you’re teaching fractions, Basic Fractions is a must have free app. Full of questions for multiple fraction skills, this app includes models and a scratch pad to help students solve problems.
Check out my webcast on teaching Common Core Math and my bundles of Common Core aligned math lessons for the iPad!
I’ve shared some of my favorite iPad apps to practice pacing and stamina. Whether students are performing everyday tasks or in the middle of test prep, you might need a timer to help students self-monitor. The Best Sand Timer is a great free app that’s an alternative to traditional countdown clocks – try it out in your classroom!
Use this app to pace students working on one of my favorite Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
There are lots of apps for math fluency but Math vs. Zombies has to be one of the most engaging ones! Students use math facts to turn zombies back to people in this fast moving, sharply illustrated math fluency game. It’s a great app for changing up your skill and drill flashcard routine!
This app is featured on my Common Core Math Apps List #1
I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad (sticky notes, geoboard, atlas, glossary, dry erase board…) and another fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and allows students to manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen. It’s perfect for children learning place value and teachers who want their students to explain their work!
Not teaching place value? Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using free apps to teach: Symmetry, Fractions, Polygons, Graphing, and more using iPads with your students!
My students might be great with their math facts but every year long division is a struggle. If you’re looking for an alternative to math videos, try out the fantastic free Long Division Touch app which teaches the steps for long division. It’s a great inspiration for creating tutorials with your students!
Check out my Common Core aligned bundle of iPad lesson plans!
Not ready for division? Here’s a factor lesson for teaching factors on iPads!
There are lots of great math apps I love using in my classroom, but my favorites are usually the ones that focus on one skill. The simply designed Oh No Fractions is an excellent free iPad app that focuses on one skill – comparing fractions using models. Perfect for reinforcing basic skills and helping students gain a conceptional understanding of fractions.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle that includes a lesson using this app!
Math instruction has come to life in my classroom thanks to apps that allow my students to work together, create podcasts and identify factor pairs. Students of all ages need to be fast with their math facts in order to be successful.
Here are three math fact apps that are great for practicing fluency:
Check out my common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!
One more common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!
There are lots of great math fact apps for the iPad that turn the times tables into interactive flashcards. Sushi Monster gives you numbers to chose from (factors) to find the answer (product) when you multiply two numbers. This app goes beyond the times table – it’s engaging for students while helping them practice their math fluency.
Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using Sushi Monster in the classroom!