We have introduced several common core standard aligned apps, such as SplashMath, iTooch Elementary and Middle School, Math on Video. The other day, I saw the FREE Common Core Standards app on App Store. I found it very handy for teachers and parents to have.
In the app, you will see three sections under Standards: Math – Traditional, Math – Integrated, and Language Arts. According to corestandards.org, Math – Traditional is typical for schools in the US, while Integrated Math is typically seen international.
Under each section, you will see the skills the students are expected to master at each grade level, from grade K to high school graduate. I think this is especially helpful for parents to understand how the skills are broken down for each area. For example, for grade 1, under Operations and Algebraic Thinking, there are 8 areas, starting with “use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions”, ending with “Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers”. It also gives examples: 8+__=11.
For 4th grade reading, kids need “know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words”, and “read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension”, which includes: “Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding; Read grade level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression; use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary”.
I don’t expect anyone would read it through as a regular book. Instead, it is a great reference app for parents to check out what the kids are expected to know, what expectations are age appropriate, or even ideas on what exercises kids can do at home.
Common Core Standards works on iPhone, iPod, and iPAD. It is FREE on App Store.
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After reading parts of the Common Core Standards, I became more appreciative of the apps designed around the common core standards. It is hard for parents keep track of all these detailed criteria to find the right materials for kids. Two of my most favorite apps designed around Common Core are iTooch and SplashMath. While SplashMath is only on Math (Grade 1 – 5), iTooch includes Math, Language Arts, and Science (Grade 3 to 5).
Today iGameMom has a great giveaway thanks to iTooch developer EduPad. We will pick 3 winners, each one will win three apps for a grade level – one for 3rd grade Math, Language Arts, and Science; one for 4th grade Math, Language Art, and Science; one for 5th grade Math, Language Art, and Science. That is $15 worth of apps for each winner. If you want to learn more about iTooch for elementary school, you can visit iGameMom’s review.
How to win the apps? To win the apps, please leave a comment at this post, telling us what is your biggest challenge in getting kids to do academic practices at home, and what have been your solutions? On your comment, please also indicate which grade level you are interested in. Academic practice includes: math, reading, writing, social studies, and science.
Any comments entered before March 24 are eligible to win. The winners will be announced on Mar.25 at this post.
The Winners are: Debra Smith, Erika, and Erica. Congratulations!