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Rosetta Stone Kids Reading App

8 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 12.06.00 PMNew this month to the Apple App Store Rosetta Stone Kids Reading is designed for youngsters getting started with reading.  It’s a colorful app that includes plenty of activities to help children build their foundational reading skills.  Students create their own profiles so more than one child can log on to the same device.  It covers topics from Pre-K through first grade and can also be used as a support or intervention tool.

Free to download, this app works off of a monthly subscription pricing structure.

Check out some of my reading lesson plans and special offer!

SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

15 Sep
5_box all openSoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice vowels, and random changes in words.
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19_sng i in trash partial keybdWith SoundSwaps students can work on their auditory conceptualization skills and eliminate extra visual and auditory distractions while they focus on figuring out where within a word a sound has changed.  Students who are struggling with foundational literacy skills will benefit from the extra practice this app provides.
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You can visit Language Learning Apps’ website to learn more!
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iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

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Just make sure you’re one of my Twitter followers so I can direct message you the promo code! You must also have an Apple ID for the US App Store. Offer good until codes run out!

Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

27 Aug

NOM_HD_iconSharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the world around them.  With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.unknown

Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools.  It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading.  News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.

Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

18 Aug

Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool.  It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books.  This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations.  Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.Bookopolis Promo - 920x680.png

Bookopolis - App Icon - 96 x 96If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features.  Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books.  In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year.  Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts.  Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.

Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!

Access Reading Passages and Lessons on Readworks

7 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 8.58.01 AMThere are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and Readworks.org should definitely be on your list.  This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level.  Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, Readworks.org is the place to go!

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Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!

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iPad Storybook with Comprehension and Sequencing Activities

31 May
image-7 Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 6.35.03 PMThe Dog and the Bone is an interactive storybook designed for the iPad.  Children can tap on the screen to hear the words read aloud and play a game that asks them to sequence events from the story.  This free app also includes comprehension questions for students to check their understanding of what they have read.

Looking for more English Language Arts iPad activities? Click here for Common Core aligned lesson plans.

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