Reading Comprehension Camp is a great app to use with your students to promote reading comprehension skills. The app consists of 5 levels. Each level has a variety of stories to choose from. The stories can be read to the user or the user can read the story themselves and record what they have read to practice fluency skills. After each story is read, the user can choose which types of questions they would like to answer, from basic "wh" questions to inference and vocabulary questions. Each question provides multiple choices and the student can refer back to the story to answer the questions. If the user is having difficulty answering a question, there is a "hint" option, which will highlight the sentence where the answer can be located. The app also collects data for each individual story. The data is displayed in a graph showing the users overall performance by question type. The data also shows which question for each story was correct or incorrect, and this data can be printed or shared. There are many customizable features for each learner, and can even be used with groups of up to 4 users. I highly recommend Reading Comprehension Camp for any students that may struggle with reading comprehension or may need supplemental reinforcement of reading skills.
TouchMath Adventures: Jungle Addition 1 is a great hands on iPad app that prepares learners to add single digit numbers through a scaffolded step by step process. The app is divided into three training modes: Adventurer Training, Skill Practice, and Adventure Mode.
Adventurer Training provides a hands on review of the order of the Touch Points. Those familiar with the Touch Math Touching/Counting Patterns app will find this mode familiar as the D.I.G.I.T robot from the previous app guides students through the touch points 0-9. This quick review of the Touch Points is a great warm up for students before diving into the Skill Practice or Adventure Mode.
Adventurer mode transports the learner into the jungle with Panar and Freckles, two leopards and their monkey friend Newton on a journey to find treasure. Throughout the adventurer mode, the story progresses giving the learner tasks to complete from counting objects to get a puzzle piece to rafting down a river while sequencing numbers. The skill tests in each level include activities such as counting to 20, number sequencing, beginning addition, and even a comparing numbers activity using greater than, less than, and equal to. In order to advance to the next level, the learner must complete each skill activity with 70% or higher. This ensures that the learner understands the skill before moving on to the next activity. What is particularly nice about the layout of the activities is the way the chapters progresses naturally through the Touch Math process. The learner is able to start with counting objects as a means of adding to using numbers and objects together to add to finally adding with numbers while fading some of the Touch Points. After completing each addition problem, the problem is repeated back which is a great way for the learner to start memorizing simple addition facts. The final challenge level combines a random mix of all the skills from the previous chapters which the learner must complete to finish the adventure. Teachers and parents also have the option to change the settings for each chapter including setting the number of problems, what skills will be worked on, and if the problems should be given in order or randomized.
Skill practice mode takes all the skill tests out of each chapter in Adventure Mode and allows them to be practiced without going through the whole narrative adventure. Each activity progresses in difficulty as each level is completed, but if a skill could use more practice on a certain set of facts there is an option to replay that particular skill set. This is also a great place for the student to practice a skill in order to pass the skill test in adventurer mode.
Overall TouchMath Adventures: Jungle Addition 1 is a wonderful app for learners who are already familiar with the order and placement of Touch Points and ready to move on to add one-digit numbers. The fun adventure as well as the entertaining hands on math activities are sure to keep a learner excited and motivated to progress through the TouchMath addition program.
Bag Game is marketed by All4mychild and is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99