Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program incorporating 42 storybooks for your iPad. It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools. With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how to write letters.
After mastering a group of letter sounds, students will put them into practice by reading storybooks with those sounds plus a few difficult words to push them further. Children can tap a word they don’t know and this app keeps track of times when they need extra help. PocketPhonics Stories supports children as they apply phonics skills when they are reading. Independent research supports the power of the PocketPhonics program and they even offer free trials of the app for schools
New 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.
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Sharing 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.
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 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.
If 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!