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.
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.
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.
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Please don’t confuse me with the adult fiction author Monica Burns (she’s in the iBookstore too – but I’ve never met her!)
- As I’m reading I’ll highlight a piece of text and add a note. This note will be a comprehension question I think that students should be able to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
- I can access all of these notes (comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book I stopped to record them.
- All of these notes (comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
- I will 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.