There 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!
Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!
Synopsis is the new iPad app for students allows you to read any PDF document and create notes by highlighting text. You can then modify these notes and add your own. This free app helps users summarize any text effortlessly so you won’t ever need to go back to the PDF document. Each individual note can be converted to it’s own flashcard – a fantastic feature of the app. There is no need to buy flashcards or manually type and create them thanks to Synopsis.
All of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read your study material. Once these flashcards are saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created. Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video.
For teachers looking for free practice test questions Learningpod is worth checking out. They have over 47,000 questions including content for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers can find and assign question sets for students and keep track of their progress. It works on multiple devices and has tons of question sets to choose from – learn more about the types of questions they feature by visiting their website.
Here’s one of my favorite lesson plans for energizing test prep in your classroom!
The Math Learning Center has some fantastic free apps (Geoboard
and Number Line
) including the newly released Math Vocabulary Cards
. This app includes card sets for grades K-2 and 3-5. Users can select which cards they want to study by category or individually. The cards are automatically sorted in random order and users can hide and reveal one or more sections of each card. This means that they can practice quizzing themselves using the math term, example or definition.
Math Vocabulary Cards is easy to navigate and definitely kid-friendly. With this app your students can review definitions for geometry, measurement, and money terms – just to name a few. Kids can also view terms and definitions in English or Spanish. The Common Core State Standards expects that students are able to use math vocabulary to explain their thinking. Math Vocabulary Cards is the perfect choice for helping students become stronger math students. Visit their website to learn more.
This app is also Android friendly since it can be accessed online using an Internet browser.
A 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:
MyScript Calculator is one of my favorite apps but middle school and high school teachers might want to check out MyScript MathPad. It can handle higher level equations including trigonometry and logarithms. This super cool, free app turns your handwriting into numerals and solves the equations in front of your eyes. Definitely check out this powerful math tool!
Teaching math in elementary school? Here are a few iPad lesson plans to check out!