For a fun way to practice spelling and push students with word games check out SpellMania. This free iPad app asks children to locate words on a grid. A super cool feature is the ability to tap on any word to access a complete dictionary entry. SpellMania includes three options for students: Free Play, Puzzle Mode and Time Attack.
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!
You don’t need a piano to bring music into your classroom thanks to this impressive app! Piano Mania by JoyTunes helps children read sheet music and understand the connection between notes on a page and piano keys. This free app is worth checking out if you have musical students who don’t have access to a piano but want to try playing this virtual keyboard.
Whether it’s springtime, summer or the middle of winter, NFL PLAY 60 in partnership with the American Heart Association is always promoting ways for students to stay healthy and active. This fantastic free app takes iPad games and fitness to a new level! Kids must run and jump in place – while closely holding their iPad -to make their avatar earn points as they complete a virtual race. Try this activity to keep kids on their feet or to promote physical fitness.
Coding and programing are two important STEM skills that you can introduce to children at an early age. Two of my favorites apps for doing just this are Hopscotch and Daisy the Dinosaur but another to add to your list is Kodable. Kodable introduces basic programming skills to students as it pushes them to problem solve. This colorful app is totally free!