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One of my favorite new books for winter is Mice on Ice by the father and daughter team of Rebecca and Ed Emberley. It is part of their “I Like to Read” series. There are not that many words in the text and some phrases are a little short without much meat but I love , love the illustrations!! It knocks out the winter blahs with bright colorful illustrations that are fun to look at. The cat is absolutely fun in this book. I can see teachers planning so many fun literature and art connections with this book. The beautiful oranges and yellows make the cat fun not menacing at all toward the skating mice. The mice sketch the cat in the ice before it springs up. This could bring in a connection to the Winter Olympic Games with figure skating. A cat and mice figure skating together well that is unexpected harmony in any setting. Much like the Olympics!! You will love this book for the illustrations if nothing else about it appeals to you. Young children will enjoy the mice, the cat and the colors not to mention the rhymes in the book. My kinders and first graders continually ring out “that rhymes” when I am reading a book! Please enter the giveaway to win your free paperback copy of Mice on Ice and a Target Gift Card.
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Math Bingo App
This is absolutely one of the children’s favorite apps during math centers! They ask to play it everyday. It is a great pass along app. What I mean by pass along is that the children can play it in a circle or with a small group. Each math problem is asked individually so one person can answer or two can work together. There are several levels of play and there is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For .99 cents this app is great!! You will love using with your children. The children love it!
Math Bingo Addition
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Chatter Pix Can Make Anything Talk
Chatterpix can make anything talk — your pets, your friends, your doodles, and more! Take your own picture or use one you have already taken.
You can draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards. You can share by email, facebook or YouTube. ChatterPix would work with children who are developing language and those who need to practice saying phrases. You could also use it for children to create characters. You are given 30 seconds to record something for your character to say. This is plenty of time for a nursery rhyme, a song or a couple of sentences!
I did some Chatter Pix with my family. We had a blast with it. You do need to practice a couple of times when you are drawing the mouth. We had fun putting all sorts of fun hats and mustaches on my husband’s pictures and making him say funny stuff!! Even he was entertained!! Poor fellow…….This is a very entertaining app and loads of fun! It’s free so give it a try and let me know how you like it. There is also a Chatter Pix Kids that you can check out here. The only difference is that is doesn’t offer sharing on social networks.
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Reindeer Bump It Math Game
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Common Core 1st Grade Math With Miss Jenny & Friends
This is a fantastic album of songs from Miss Jenny and Friends focused on the Math Common Core Standards for First Grade. The entire album is 9.99 but you can purchase individual songs for .99 from the itunes store. I love using music in my classroom. I truly believe it help us to learn and it brings smiles to everyone’s faces!
Some of the titles are:
Count to 120, Switcheroo (Communitative Property) Using 10s, Adding Three numbers, Equal Means the Same As and A Fraction is A Whole
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I hope you will enjoy learning about these apps and using them in your classroom! I love, love Endless Reader by Orginator. This app is free but you can purchase more word packs if you want to extend it. I purchased the Reader Pack 1 because I wanted more words. There are six words in the free version but this app explores each word through spelling, word meaning and sentences. The words are animated after the letters are dragged into place. The app also reads the sentences. Words can be dragged into the sentences. The little characters are irresistible.
These are screen shots I took using my iphone. The app works on iphones and ipads.
You can get Endless Reader here.
Another app I really like is Little Speller by Grasshopper Apps. This app is very versatile and allows you a lot of control of the words that the children can work with. This app is also available for the iphone and ipad.
As you can see from the screen shots I’m sharing with you there are a lot of variations to choose from. You can really concentrate on the sounds you think the children need.
This app features great images for words. The letters are out of order but the correct spelling is under the images so even your most hesitant spellers and readers can feel confident with this app. The app says the letters and then reads the word after the letters are in place.
You can get Little Speller here.I hope you can use one of these apps or both in your classroom. I always teach the apps before letting the kids do them without supervision. Sometimes I teach them as part of my guided reading lesson and other times I work with a group during a Daily Five Rotation. I am teaching both Kinders and First Graders this year and my smart Firsties are great teachers so they often get the first lesson on a new app!
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