Mobile Apps - English Language Arts
All Apps are IOS and only include an Android version if there is a link listed in the description or as an additional app below the iOS version.
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Worlds Worst Pet is a series of vocabulary games that have players bring home Snargg, the world’s worst pet, who has run away. To get Snargg back players have to fill his food dish by learning new vocabulary words. Each of the six levels in the game contain ten dishes (each dish represents a new set of words) that can be filled. Four games are available for each dish. The games are fill-in-the-blank, synonym identification, antonym identification, and definition identification. World’s Worst Pet is designed for students in grades four through eight. The app contains a total of 1,000 tier two vocabulary words.
Devices - iPad
Shake-a-Phrase Fun With Words and Sentences is a language app for creative writing prompts, vocabulary and parts of speech practice. The resource currently contains over 2,000 words and definitions in 5 engaging themes for ages 8 and over. Content themes include Sports, animals, fairy tales, monsters and starters. Quizzes on parts of speech for nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions and conjunctions, educators can set the combinations.
Currently the cost is $1.99
Devices- iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phones
Bluster is a word matching game that develops vocabulary and word understanding for over 800 words. Players can choose a skill to practice from either rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives and more. Students can play in single mode or "versus mode" to play head-to-head or "team mode" and collaborate with a friend and play simultaneously to weather the storm. The app is free, but additional vocabulary packs can be purchased to exceed the built in 800 words. (Bluster Deluxe is currently $4.99 and includes all vocabulary sets.)
Devices - iPad, iPhone
Word Monsters Word up, Word Monsters! Play this FREE social word game with your friends and compete with players around the world to see who’s the top monster of them all!
PLAY WITH FRIENDS! Challenge your friends and see who can swipe the words away in the fastest possible time!
TONS OF THEMES! Enjoy over 25 themes packed with related words, or unlock many more
WordsWithFriends-EDU the game now allows students to play with their classmates. Educators create a closed classroom that only students with the class code can enter. The platform also has a dictionary component so students can check to see if what they want to play is actually a word or verify the meanings of words played by their classmates. This is an app for iOS and Andriod, but can also be played on the computer so ChromeBooks and laptops will work as well. Educators can also setup a "community" class and invite parents to play as well!
Vocabulary Spelling City is an app comes with 9 games for spelling and vocabulary. Custom lists can be created by registering online at www.spellingcity.com. Registration is free and lists can be used in all of the games online and in the app.
Devices - iPad, iPhone, Andriod and Website games at www.spellingcity.com
Trading Cards - by Read Write Think allows students to create trading cards in many categories; fictional characters, real people or places or vocabulary words. Each category that is selected has specific questions to build the card with information to help build summarizing skills.
TECH INFO- Multi-user, ability to print-email-save to photos, no emails required (except the email that is configured on the iPad already).
Devices - iPad, Andriod, and Website version at www.readwritethink.org
Wordflex Touch Dictionary is not the ordinary dictionary or thesaurus! Wordflex "branches" out into a word tree when a word is typed into the search bar, select a branch, then more branches emerge and so on. The words with the branches also have pronunciations (British and American), meanings, root words, origins, etc. Users could easily get lost within the branches. One of the other unique components is the ability of this app is to send (email) a poster of the word tree or save it. The user is also able to swipe around the tree back to where they started or anywhere within the tree they have built.
Story Dice Ideas for Writers is a creative writing prompt tool to assist students develop plot, characters, setting, title, conflict or any story element. The user can select the number of dice "rolled" from 2 through 10. The user taps the screen to roll a random selection of over 200 pictograms in the dictionary. (The user can swipe to view previous rolls if they wish to review.) Several game ideas come with the app. Currently the cost is $1.99
Devices - iPad, iPhone, Andriod
Scholastic Story Starters is a tool that offers four story themes; fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, and scrambler. To begin a story creation, students first choose a theme and enter their name, then select a grade level. (k-8th grade) The next screen shows four windows and a large lever to "spin" the wheels. Pulling the level spins the story prompts in the windows. The student now has a chance to choose any of the window that they may want to "change up" and spin again. Once they have the prompt they would like to write about the program moves to allow the selection of using either letter, postcard, notebook or newspaper format. When finished the story can be printed.
Devices- iPad, Chromebooks, PCs
Reading Train Starter - Every child can learn to read with this growing library of engaging picture books. 240 + fun fiction and fascinating non-fiction that kids CAN read and LOVE to read all by themselves. 24 books, 20 songbooks and a 450+ word dictionary completely FREE.
*Free users can read/listen/record all of the books in the free sections, play the game, use the dictionary, and listen to the song books.(Unlimited number of user logins.)
* Subscribers get access to all 200+ books, with new books added regularly.
* * To access our entire library of books, choose an automatically renewing subscription for $1.99/one month; $6.99/six months; 9.99/twelve months. (U.S. Dollars)
* The service can be shared with additional iPads you own (same iTunes account-one registration) .