Most popular educational apps elementary school

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The iPad is not only the latest craze in technology for music, movies and more, but it’s also a wonderful teaching tool and the wave of the future in terms of the way kids will learn. And come Christmas, (if you don’t already) you may have one of these amazing little machines in your house. So how can you get your children to stop playing Talking Carl and Plants vs. Zombies on the iPad and start playing some of those educational games that offer a bit more substance? It may be a simple matter of steering your kids in the right direction. After all, it’s parents who buy the apps for their children. Take the reins and seize the opportunity to get your child to interact with some great learning tools. Here are our top iPad app picks for Elementary school learning by grade:

Kindergarten
Rock ‘n Learn Phonics Easy Reader 1: Three phonics stories are featured in this comprehensive app, which is meant to teach your child to read from the ground up. Each one has strong visuals to support the text on the screen. The story can be read to your child, or your child can try to sound the words out himself, and get help by clicking on the word. ($4.99)
Piggy HD Math: This math game is meant for kindergartners and first graders. It’s a counting game, an adding game, and a fun-filled game all in one. Math activities include number lines for counting by ones and twos, and a game in which children can catch stars or coins in a pig’s basket. Simple addition problems are included, as well as an activity that matches numerals to their written numbers. ($3.99)

First Grade
Super Why!: This one is sure to catch your child’s attention! This app includes four interactive games, each one featuring a different character from the popular PBS Kids show, “Super Why!”. Games feature letter hunts, letter-tracing practice, finding rhyming words from a group, and selecting the correct word missing from a sentence. ($2.99)
Addition UnderSea Adventures: This colorful and visually stimulating app will dazzle your child as he explores the under water world with math. Children reveal puzzles of underwater scenes by solving simple addition problems. Puzzles increase in difficulty, each with a new scene to reveal. (FREE)


Second Grade

Sight Words Second Grade: Help your child practice his sight words with this top-to-bottom reading and spelling app. Four separate lists of sight words help bring the repetition and familiarity your child needs when it comes to recognizing these common words while reading. He’ll ace his spelling tests with the help of this fun phonics app. ($0.99)
Princess Math: What could be better than princess math? This fit-for-a-queen app is a great way to get your princess interested in math. The girl-friendly art and characters help keep the interest of girls who might be struggling in math. Addition and subtraction problems can be used for students up to the third grade. ($2.99)

Third Grade
K12 Timed Reading Practice: Your child will practice his reading skills and improve his fluency with this fun phonics app. The app includes 250 stories, both fiction and nonfiction. Your child reads the words on the screen, just as if he is reading a book. The app tracks the words per minute by timing the reading. The results can also list the percentile that your child is reading above or below his grade level so you can get a sense of where your child really stands with his reading skills. ($1.99)
Multiplication and Division Flash Action: This game is one of many by School Zone Publishing, makers of popular workbooks for children. This app helps your child beat the clock with quick answers to multiplication and division problems. Activities include vertical or horizontal presentations of equations, as well as multiplication and division charts. Games can be played with multi-player settings to get the whole family involved. ($4.99)

With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school.

1. 3D Brain (iPad, iPhone. Free)
Reviewed by educator lmorris: “This is a great learning tool for any student. It shows and describes all the parts of the brain.”
Subject/Grade: Science (Biology). 4-12.
Listed by: Alline, techsupv, and SkylineiPads.

2. Art (iPhone, $0.99)
Reviewed by educator lmorris: “This is a great app for learning about priceless pieces of art. With many pieces of art, the human form is the subject matter. Several paintings in this collection show the human body so teachers will need to use their best judgment. There is also an option to link high quiz scores to an online social gaming site. Appropriate for older students.”

Subject/Grade: Art. 6-12.
Listed by: justatitch, uwcsea and LaurieFowler.
Add your own list of educational iPhone or iPad apps or add a comment with your favorite education app or username of your favorite educator to follow on Appolicious.

3. BrainPOP Featured Movie (iPad, iPhone. Free)
BrainPop movies teach kids different each day in a variety of subjects, and include quizzes.
Subject/Grade: Language Arts, Math, Science. Social Studies. K-12.
Listed by: d9091, mnelson438, SkylineiPads and Alline.

4. Early Jamestown (iPad. Free)

Reviewed by educator lmorris: “This app is a chapter from an interactive textbook series [of the early days of the Jamestown settlement]. At the end of the chapter, they give review questions. The chapters are written to keep student interest and the pictures are great.”

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