Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle is a playful app from the folks at Nosy Crow. Released this month, Flip Flap Jungle is one of a handful of apps from Nosy Crow that bring literature to life on your iPad screen.
This app gives students lots of options to interact with the text. Children can read along with the narration or read each page independently. Flip Flap Jungle is bright, colorful and definitely kid-friendly.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more!
One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking.
I’ve used iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books are free to download. If students are going to read in a book club with hard copies of a text, you can purchase a copy on iBooks and prepare a reading guide for them. Here’s how:
- As you re reading highlight a piece of text and add a note. This note could be a comprehension or discussion question you want students to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
- You can access all of these notes (aka comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book you stopped to record them.
- All of these notes (aka comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
- You can then give this list to students at the beginning of a book club with the expectation that this will guide their reading responses and group discussions.
Check out my book club guide for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
If you only have one or a few iPads in your classroom, interactive story apps are great for stations and partner activities. Goodnight Safari is a beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.
Teaching ELA with iPads? Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans!
iPads are a great tool for content consumption but there are plenty of free iPad apps that help students create content too! Our Story for iPad lets users write their own stories using images saved on their iPad camera roll. Add text and record your voice for each page before sharing your final product as a PDF or zip file.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads: story maps, figurative language, fluency, current events, and more!
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