Each day this week I shared sets of 21 iPad apps for various grade levels. To wrap-up the week I have put all four of those sets in this post. Please feel free to make copies of these slidedecks and share them with your colleagues. To make copies click the gear icon at the bottom of the slides then open the editor and choose “make copy” from the file menu. (You will need to be signed into a Google Account to make the copy).
The summer is a great time to explore new-to-you iPad apps that you might want to add to the iPads that you have in your classroom. Each day this week I’m going to share a selection of apps appropriate for four ranges of pre-K-12 grades. Today, I have 21 apps for Pre-K through 2nd grade. I will share apps for 3rd through 5th grade tomorrow. Apps for grades six through eight will be shared on Wednesday. Apps for 9th through 12th grade will be shared on Thursday.
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Endless Numbers is a fun iPad from the same developers that brought us Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader. Endless Numbers introduces children to counting and basic addition. The free version of the app begins with the number 1 and continues through number 5 (numbers up to 25 are available through an in-app purchase).
Endless Numbers shows children a number and reads the number to them. Before moving on to the next number students have to “catch” it and drag it into place. Addition is introduced after number 1 by requiring students to drag numbers into place to complete a simple addition problem. For example, when children are on the screen for number 3 they have to drag 2 and 1 into place to complete the equation to add up to 3.
The animations in Endless Numbers makes it an engaging app for young children to use to learn basic addition.
Gro Garden is an iPad app designed to help students learn about gardening. The app features a virtual garden in which children plant seeds then water and fertilize the seeds until they become plants. Once the plants pop-up through the dirt students have to continue watering and fertilizing until the plants are ready to harvest. Students can control the amount of water and sunshine their plants receive throughout the virtual growing process.
After harvesting plants from their Gro Garden gardens students can take the plants and feed them to their hungry friends in the virtual cottage. Scraps from the meals can be composted to create fertilizer for the next growing season.
As the spring approaches we’ll be noticing gardens popping-up all around us. Gro Garden could be a good app for students to use to learn what makes a garden grow.
Gro Garden is currently priced at $2.99.
Hideout is a free iPad app developed by members of the education department at Brigham Young University. The app features six interactive stories based on the sounds and words created with the letter combinations “ap,” “en,” “it,” “op,” “ag,” and “et.” The narrator reads the letters to the student, explains the sound, then challenges the student to create four words with the letter combination. After making four words students move onto an interactive story in which they identify the objects that match the words they just made.
Hideout is a nicely designed app that young students can benefit from using. My recommendation would be to use the preferences menu to turn off the background music and flashing backgrounds as they could definitely be distractions to students.
H/T to David Kapuler .