I’ve shared some of my favorite storybook apps and this one is perfect for teaching children science stories! Shout Science is an interactive book that tells stories behind science discoveries. Students can scroll through a timeline and read about famous scientists.
There are lots of ways to read books on iPads (or create your own). Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs allows children read an interactive storybook by themselves, with help, or simply listen to it read aloud. With high-quality graphics and easy to flip through pages this free picture book is worth checking out!
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!)
A fantastic alternative to YouTube is Vimeo. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s website isn’t block by Websense on most networks and its HD quality videos look beautiful on all screens, including the iPad. In addition to its search function, the Vimeo iPad app allows users to shoot, edit and upload their own videos.
I’ve used HD videos from Vimeo when creating interactive textbooks for the iPad. This time lapse video of the Canadian Rockies is a great example of the quality of clips available on the site.
Here’s a Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Check out this Common Core lesson plan on using interactive textbooks in your classroom!
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