Free- Mapdraw is an app in which you can track and navigate a desired route on a map. When you open it up, it looks a lot like the Maps app that comes with the iPad. You can change between the map view, terrain view, or a hybrid. You can then create a route to the hundredths of a mile. You can also insert different points along the way. I have used this app personally as a motivation tool for running during the winter. I will run on the treadmill for however long and record the distance. I will then add that distance to my map and go wherever I want to. During the first few days of February, I "virtually" ran from Des Moines to Ankeny, IA (about 9 miles, see below). This app could also work great in PE if the teacher does some sort of mileage club, or any work with pedometers. The students can track their own route and choose where they want to go!
Math Fact Fluency 02/16/2012
Free- Our 3rd grade teachers have developed a nice little system with this app. Students are timed on how fast they can do 50 math facts at various levels from simple addition to tough division. During about a 10 minute period, students would time themselvevs to see how fast they could complete the 50 problems. The teachers would record their personal best times and let themknow when they could advance to the next "level". We really started to see some growth out of the students and everyone was engaged in the process of "beating" their own time from before.
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Ace Mathland 02/16/2012
Free- This is a math fact practice app. When you begin the game, you see a grid format and a cursor that indicates which problem you have to solve. You are given a choice of 5 tiles on the side and you drag and drop the correct answer. Each correct space reveals a piece of a hidden picture. We use the multiplication version for grades 3,4,5 and the addition version for grades K,1,2. Great activity when students have some independent time.
Lemondae Tycoon 02/06/2012
Free- Fantastic business and management app for kids. And, YES, it does exactly what you think it would. You are creating your own lemonade stand empire from your iPad. What I like so much about this app is the attention paid to the details of starting a small business. Students have to manage inventory, rent locations, adjust pricing, adjust the recipe, upgrade equipment, advertise, all in hopes of pleasing the customers and making the most money they can. There is also a nice little spreadsheet that is shown at the end of each day that calculates profit margin and gives tips about how to make the business better. The graphics take me back to my original Nintendo days, but the students seem to like the 16-bit fun!
Math Ninja 01/30/2012
$1.99- Math Ninja is a defense strategy game where students defend their treehouse from Cats, Dogs, and the Evil Tomato-san. Waves of enemies attempt to destroy your treehouse. You job is to answer basic math facts in order to earn money to purchase items and upgrades that will help as you progress through the game. An engaging app for the students. Free "Lite" version available.
Factor Samurai 01/30/2012
Free- This app is a great way to incorporate the "Fruit Ninja" platform into a math concept. Students "slash" any composite number and leave all of the primes alone. Better yet, once a composite number is split, it breaks into two different factors of that number. Example 8 will slash into 4 and 2. Since 4 is still composite, students will need to slash the 4 as well. Fits perfectly into 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards.