Math Minis Addition and Subtraction

Math Minis Addition and Subtraction is a Common Core Standard App for First Grade Math. The app was made by Ripple Digital Publishing.  The first 4 levels are free and levels 5-8 are $.99.   For children who need visual modeling this is a great little app.  because

images-2they use pictures and words for non readers when asking questions.   It would be nice to have a voice component as an addition in a later update.  Scores are kept at the top right of the screen to track how many are correct and incorrect.  Students can not move to the next level until they complete the prior level.  This is good for students who have difficulty staying focused.  This app is also good to use for review or for Response to Intervention for students who may be struggling and need the extra help and time on concepts that other students have mastered.  If you are in a class with different levels this is a perfect app for students who are on a beginners level.

The app includes Counting and number patterns, basic addition, advanced addition, basic subtraction, advanced subtraction addition and subtraction review, combining addition and subtraction and the final challenge.

If you are working with children with special needs you can use this app as a reinforcer to your curriculum.  After you are completed with a lesson students can work independently on different levels.  Teachers and para-professionales can track students to record their progress.  Independent work is always beneficial in the class to see if students can follow directions on their own.

IEP Goals:

Student will be able to count to 20 independently.
Student will be able to add one step addition problems
Students will be able to subtract single digit number problems




SplashMath Kindergarten

Are you familiar with the SplashMath series?  If not this is one series that has been consistent throughout all of their apps.  They have also been the forerunner in aligning the apps to the Common Core Standards. SplashMath Kindergarten by Study Pad, Inc.

Unknownis $9.99. and covers  7 chapters of math that is appropriate for children who are on grade level and for those who need the extra help to understand counting to 20, number representation, addition concepts, subtraction, geometry and measurement.  Most important is the presentation of the app.

First, there is a parents button that you hold for 2 seconds.  Set a goal whether  it is increase concentration or set a number of questions to get  correct.  Next, add a topic from the built in syllabus.  In the settings you can control music in the background, emailing weekly reports, sync data in the cloud and even the sync the timezone.  Under the player’s settings you put the child’s name and the number of attempts the child has made. At the end of a chapter or a quarter you can send a graph of the student’s work.

The app uses a child’s voice to give directions helping those children who need the an audio component.  The jungle theme is enticing as children of this age love looking at bugs and different animals.  The “mistro” of the app is a hippo who tells the child when they are correct or to try again.

This is clearly one of the most sophisticated and detailed data tracking apps for both parents and teachers.  This is a great app for Response to Intervention helping parents see where students are struggling early in the child’s schooling.

IEP Goals:  The student will rote learn addition facts up to :number.
The student will rote learn subtraction facts up to :number.
The student will solve single digit addition problems


Teach Me First Grade

As we move onto the fourth year of the iPad it amazes me that everyday more apps are developed and developers continue to come up with new ways and ideas to communicate educational information.  Since I have been reviewing since the inception I have some of my favorites that have remained my favorites because they have been updated and changed because of  consumer requests.  One of these apps is from a series by 24×7 digital LLC known as the TeachMe series. They start in preK and it go until third grade. TeachMe 1st Grade and TeachMe Kindergarten each $1.99 have been staples in my classroom.  Many of my students are working on a K-1st grade level making these perfect for teaching addition, subtraction spelling and Dolch Sight words.  Both kindergarten and first grade teach similar topics but are geared specifically for the individual grade.

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As always you want to set your settings before staring the app. In this app it is done a bit differently.  After you input your students you go to your players.  As you can see you can have your entire class use the app if you are a center based classroom. Next touch the student’s name to set up your student’s profile.  There are rewards and the number of questions needed to be answered for mastery.  If you are just teaching math or spelling you can shut off the other features.  In first grade handwriting is incorporated as part of the lesson.  If the student can not write  or have dysgraphia you can check off the virtual keyboard.

If you want to check the student’s data you have the option to check the TeachMe Topic. It will give you the current level, total number of questions- how many the student has learned and how many they have not learned.  It also allows you to view the questions the student had difficulty with. If you feel the current level is too easy there is the option to advance to the next level allowing those students who need more of a challenge an opportunity to move on.

The students love the math problems because they are interactive. When there is a subtraction problem there is a horizontal math sentence and pictures above for the students to manipulate.   If the problem is 9-2= the student taps the minus sign two items fall in the garbage can.  The student needs to count the remaining items with the help of a voice that count with the child.  In first grade the child taps a pencil when they complete the math problem and writes the number 7.  If the child needs help they can tap the question mark and learn how to draw the answer by tracing the number.  The same is true with spelling, the child is given a picture and then needs to spell the word.  If the child does not know how to spell the word the question mark will help the student spell the word.

If you are looking for a way to help your child who may be struggling with basic addition, subtraction, spelling and sight words TeachMe gives you 4 apps in one with the ability to see how your student is progressing.  This is one of the iPad education classics and a top favorite for my students.  The price is right and it meets Kindergarten and First Grade Common Core Standards.

K- Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
K -Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., theofto,youshemyisaredodoes).

IEP Goals: The student will rote learn addition facts up to :number.
The student will rote learn subtraction facts up to :number
The student will identify and use :number sight words