Tag Archives: literacy

Online Resource: National Geographic Kids

18 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.03.49 AMNational Geographic has a handful of apps for students including Weird But True, National Parks, Underground Railroad, and Marine Missions.  In addition to these great choices for tablets, their website National Geographic Kids is a terrific resource for students and teachers.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.04.14 AMNational Geographic Kids has games, articles, pictures and more for kids of all ages to explore.  It can be used to incorporate informational text or multimedia into a whole class lesson.  Students can also dive into the resources on the site to answer their own questions or conduct research projects.

Check out their website to see everything that is available for your students!

ComicMaster for Graphic Novels

3 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 3.44.04 PMGraphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics.

By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of all ages can use text and animation to tell engaging stories.  You might want to give this option to students publishing personal narratives or ask them to tell a story from history instead of writing a traditional research report.

Visit their website to get started!

Use Comics Head for Storytelling

26 Mar

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Storytelling is such an important literacy skill.  Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head.  This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity.  It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in most English Language Arts classrooms.

image002Comics Head includes lots of themes that students can use in their creations.  Whether you are working with elementary school students or looking to keep older students excited about storytelling, Comics Head is a good choice.  There are templates to help students get started as well as plenty of options for creating something totally unique.  Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Comics Head.

Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet

25 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.04.58 AMA fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary – an important part of the Common Core.  With this app children will be introduced to new words through games and an engaging narrative.  Totally free, World’s Worst Pet is worth checking out if you’re working with upper elementary and middle school students!

Here are two Common Core lessons plans for the ELA classroom:

Write About This! Prompts

18 Mar

image (1)A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This.  Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration.  This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.

Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:

Grammaropolis for ELA

11 Mar

imageA wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources.  The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.

Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:

EduGame Spotlight: SpellMania

10 Mar

imageFor 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.

Check out all of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!

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