Working with grade two and three students for the past year, we have explored and learned about many different apps. To answer the question, “Is there an app for that?”, the answer is always “Yes”. The more relevant question is. “Which app is best for….?”
So, in no particular order, based entirely on anecdotal non-empirically-based evidence, below is a list of apps that our students choose to go back to again and again because they like them. They find them engaging, fun, with no glitches. We as teachers like them because they have educational value, little or no violence, and no American content in areas such as measurement or money.
Do not feel overwhelmed. Try some out. Just like shoes, it is a matter of personal preference and fit.
1. Math Bingo. Kids like to win the bingo bugs at the end. They can flick and spin them. 🙂
2. The Pirates. Solve problems, gather bits of a treasure map, and find the treasure. The Pirates is multi-disciplinary; students solve problems involving literacy, patterning, spatial sense, and number sense. They have to go through many levels to achieve their ultimate goal, but they never seem to tire of the quest.
3. Math Minis. Really engaging, sweet little kids that look like fruit and hop out of trees when you answer questions. Their giggles are infectious.
4. Money with Leo. Lots of exciting games, all Canadian money. Kids can navigate to different games and never run out of fun things to do while solving money problems.
5. Hungry Fish. It is a very simple game where students simple number sentences by moving bubbles together for the fish. We found it a little boring, but it holds a strong appeal for the kids. They are learning their fact families, as well as the consequences of not feeding your fish correctly. :0
6. Telling Time. Lots of interactive time games – analog and digital, am and pm. This app addresses many curriculum expectations, and gives great positive feedback. Students like the rewards when they achieve certain levels.
7. Jigsaw Puzzles. Kids can put together puzzles without losing any pieces! They can also determine the difficulty level of the puzzle by choosing the numbers of pieces. Some apps even let you personalize the picture by using photos from the iPad’s camera roll.
8. Math Puppy. Cute puppies. ‘Nuff said.
9. Math Racing. This app appeals to kinesthetic learners; they have to physically move the iPad to navigate their car around the race track, all the while solving math questions.
10. Number Run. This is a fast-paced game where students can target the specific skills they want to work on as well as their level of challenge.