Sunday, March 30, 2014

iPADS FAD: Math Unpacked

I need to stop making promises...because then I always break them!  Every day this week I've come home and it's dinner, answer emails, then bed.  Then I wake up and repeat the whole process.  Anyways, here are some of the math apps we use in my classroom that the kiddos absolutely ADORE!  And the best part is, I can look a progress report of what they've accomplished while "playing."  It's hands-down fabulous!

Monkey Math
Monkey Math provides practice in sequencing, patterning, counting, adding and subtracting.  The activities are fun and centered around a beach theme.  There is also a cute little sea turtle that my students absolutely adore!  This app even got the approval from my 18 year old brother! (That's when I know it's a hit! ;))

Moose Math
Moose Math is fantastic!  I almost wish I made myself a username to play it myself, it's that fun!  This game has several games built into it that help students work on solving word problems, number patterns, counting up to 100, counting by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, adding, subtracting, shapes, comparing lengths, and more.  The best part is I can log on any time to review their progress!

Splash Math
Splash Math provides practice with numbers 0-20, counting, comparisons, addition, and measurement.  It also keeps track of each student's progress so that teachers/parents can see what concepts the child needs extra practice with.  You can also control what skills the student focuses on by and on/off switch.  I love this tool! The game also uses fun incentives and some free play as well to give children the feel that they are playing a game.

Counting Caterpillar

Counting Caterpillar is a pretty basic game but my students beg to play it over and over!  My students can start with easy mode and practice with numbers 1-10 at the beginning of the year and quickly move onto numbers 1-20 & then 1-100!  And they get to pick beautiful butterflies as "prizes" when they are finished.  Super cute game!

Here are some other great math apps that my students have used throughout the year: Motion Math: Hungry Guppy, Motion Math: Pizza!, Marble Math, Grandpa's Workshop, Bugs and Buttons, The Math Tree, Bugs and Numbers, Bugmath, Playful Minds: Math, and Cash Cow.

What are some of your favorite Math apps that you use in the classroom?

Okay so I have a fun day of lesson planning ahead but my next post will be all those amazing reading apps that I have found out there!  Happy Sunday! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The iPad Fad

Hey ya'll,
Where does the time go?  This year has been full of crazy, "busy"ness and I CANNOT believe it's already mid-March!  This year has been full of changes for me and every time things seem to slow down a bit, they just pick right back up!

Anyways, one of the biggest changes to my classroom this year has been our class set of iPad minis.  Well it is technically a set of 10 that I share with the TK, 1st, and 2nd grades,... BUT since I have been using them the most so far this year, I have 5 that pretty much live in my classroom (jackpot!). SO, I started integrating them into my Math & Literacy centers throughout the day.

THEY HAVE BEEN A HUGE HIT!  Looking for new ways to keep your students in line (and super quiet)?  Two words: iPad time!  I'm just kidding...okay maybe only a little...

The great thing about the iPad is that I only let them use apps that have educational value to them...and most of those apps give me a progress report on how they are doing.  AND that's not all....A lot of them are CCSS aligned! Yep, you heard (or read) that correctly.  I'm in love. :) 

Here are some of the apps I use:

I will unpack more about each of these apps and others that I use in my classroom tomorrow.  Bedtime for this kindergarten teacher!

Do you have iPads in your classroom?