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Teach Through Apps: Mystery Word Town Comments Off on Teach Through Apps: Mystery Word Town

Teach Through Apps: Mystery Word Town

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in EdTech, FEATURED, Independent Play, Ipad App, Orientation, Scanning, Spelling

Age level: Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School Description: Artgig Studio is one of those app companies that has earned my complete trust. I’ve written about Drive About before, and I use Mystery Math Museum and Marble Math all the time with my students. So I got pretty excited when I learned they were introducing a spelling app. Mystery Word Town works much the same way that Mystery Math Museum works. The goal of the game is to work your way through the town and find all the missing gold, while also catching the outlaws who stole it. To enter different rooms in each building, the player must spell a word. It’s a simple concept, but the motivating story line allows for lots of spelling practice within the game.   Skills & Modifications: The game offers some built-in modifications, including three different levels of play and options for audio hints. I love this because it allows students with autism (or any student, really) I higher level of independence when playing the game. Spelling – The game is specifically designed to practice spelling skills, and it does a beautiful job with this. Prior to playing the game, your learner should be able to easily recognize letters and spell C-V-C words. Scanning – This is...

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Teach Through Books: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Comments Off on Teach Through Books: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Teach Through Books: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Comparisons, Critical Thinking, Ipad App, Making Predictions, Rhyming

Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary Description: This clever lift-flap book by Susan A. Shea and illustrated by Tom Slaughter is organized in a question and answer format that gets kids interacting with rhyme and making predictions in a fun and silly way. This is by far one of the best and most engaging lift-flap books I’ve seen. It’s also no surprise that this book is published by Blue Apple Books, a company that dependably puts out wonderful children’s books each year. Skills & Modifications: There are two ways you can introduce this book. One is to just read it to the learners, and let them enjoy the silliness of it without trying to predict what the next rhyme will be. The other is to read the first couple of pages with lift flaps so they understand the way to interact with it, then allow them to make predictions for the following lift flaps. – Making Predictions/Critical Thinking – Pictured below is an example of what a set of pages looks like. There are many skills a child must use in order to make accurate predictions, including understanding categories, comparing sizes, and rhyming. For some of my learners, I may modify the activity by giving specific verbal prompts, such as...

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