It’s often the simplest apps that pack the biggest punch and that is definitely true of Comparative Adjectives. This app presents clean, crisp images to children and asks them to identify the largest, smallest, most colorful, etc., item on the screen. Great for early elementary schoolers and English Language Learners!
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.
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.
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.
The iTunes Store is full of great apps that are perfect for early elementary and preschool students, check these out!
- Learn With Homer to Teach Reading
- ABC House for Early Elementary
- Pocket Phonics for Literacy Instruction
- Early Elementary Math Practice on iPads
- Speakaboos for Storytime
- iPad Coloring Books
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Perfect for upper elementary and middle schoolers, The Phrasal Verb Machine is a fantastic free app for grammar practice. Students can create their own phrases and watch each one animated (with an accompanying definition and example too!). After playing around with the machine students can test their knowledge with exercises that pair pictures and examples.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app!
I’m always looking for ways to improve my students’ domain specific vocabulary. Kids’ Vocab by MindSnacks is a new app that is engaging and rigorous. It provides a pronunciation guide, practice games, and lots of colorful graphics. Kids’ Vocab includes free levels and the option to upgrade – check it out!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for using this app in your classroom!
Here’s a bundle of Common Core aligned iPad lessons in case you’re teaching different skills this week!
Forget about the way you completed Mad Libs as a child – there’s an app for that! The official Mad Libs app offers 21 free stories that can be used to reinforce literacy skills. Have students identify parts of speech and create their own fill in the blank story.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!
This free app acts like the magnetic words you might have on your refrigerator. Created by the National Council of Teachers of English, Wordmover allows students to manipulate words on their screen. Choose from the list they’ve provided and add your own words to create phrases, sentences or poems. I think this app would be perfect for a poetry station or a challenge activity for fast finishers.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!