Endless Alphabet is one of my favorite apps for early learners and Endless Reader is the perfect companion! This app helps children build sight words by spelling each one out and watching them come to life. The first few letters are free and the whole alphabet is yours with in-app purchases. Definitely download and try out today!
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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.
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The Opposites is a wonderful cartoon app that helps children identify antonyms. With a combative brother and sister spouting off words, players need to identify pairs of opposite words. This free game has different levels that will challenge both elementary and middle school students.
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This 3D picture book definitely pops off of the page! Children can interact with characters on the screen as they read Little Red Riding Hood all by themselves or listen as it’s read aloud. The graphics of this app alone are worth exploring.
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Perfect for children who love to “strike a pose” this app presents kids with scenes from a comic strip. They can act out each scene, snap a picture and create a customized story. FriendStrip Comic Creator is a wonderful app for teaching children about telling a story in sequence and has plenty of free options to choose from!
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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!
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Word games can be a great tool for students to practice problem solving through word play. Wooords is a free app with optional upgrades that lets players build words using a set amount of letters. They’ll manipulate each one to form new words and get points based on complexity and speed.
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A terrific app for increasing student vocabulary is ABC House. For early elementary and English Language Learners, this free app uses pictures for vocabulary acquisition. Audio and video support will help students learn words in context.
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Scribble My Story is a great free app for publishing. Students can create their own story book, record their own voice, and illustrate each page. This app is easy to use, has clean, crisp graphics and extra features if you choose to upgrade.
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There are lots of great iPad apps for teaching literacy skills and Learn With Homer is definitely worth checking out! With games for learning letter sounds and classic stories with cartoon characters this app is absolutely fantastic for children getting ready to start school. Download the free features before deciding if you’ll upgrade!
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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.
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Foundational skills are so important when pushing students as readers. Start off strong by trying out Pocket Phonics with students heading into elementary school. With free lessons and upgrade options, Pocket Phonics will teach students letter sounds and sight words.
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I’ve shared some great options for reading on iPads and Speakaboos is worth checking out! With three free books to download – and access to many more if you choose to upgrade – this app is full of engaging stories with audio support and interactive features!
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This simply amazing app will change the way your students learn a new language. Similar to Rosetta Stone, Duolingo helps students increase their vocabulary and grammar through pictures and audio support. It’s hard to believe that it’s completely free!
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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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