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!
I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology. Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread. Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text. One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article. There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!
Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:
A great way to capture the attention of your students is to introducethese virtual tools. If they are bored with traditional flashcards, post-its or math manipulatives try out one of the virtual tools on our list:
- MyScript Calculator (calculator)
- Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper)
- Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler)
- Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives)
- iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer)
- Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus)
- iPad Measurement Tools (ruler)
- SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad (dry erase board)
- No More Rubber Bands (geoboard)
- iPad Protractor (protractor)
- gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (flashcards)
- iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer (timer)
- Fraction Calculator (calculator)
- Tangrams – Geometry and More (math manipulatives)
- Custom Flashcards (flashcards)
- App Update: Educreations (dry erase board)
- Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom (post-it notes)
- News Sources for the iPad (newspapers)
- Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
- Fluency and Presentation Practice (teleprompter)
- Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard (dry erase board)
- Atlas Apps (atlas)
- Math Fluency (flashcards)
Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love. The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade. This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.
Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads:
A terrific game for practicing operational fluency, Math Monsters Bingo is another great app from TaptoLearn (Math Vs. Zombies, Measure Length – Tiny Chicken). With this app, players will answer addition, subtraction, multiplication or subtraction problems and choose the answer on the bingo board. Math Monsters Bingo has a few different levels – just skip the Facebook login and your kids will be ready to go!
Animal Math Games for Kids is a super fun app for early learners that will help them work on counting, number sense and patterns. This app is bright, colorful and aligned to kindergarten Common Core Standards. Free to download and play, this app offers some upgrades to unlock the full version.