Friday, December 13, 2013

Poetry Creation Apps from Read, Write, Think

Theme Poem, Acrostic Poem and Diamante Poem


Acrostic Poem, Diamante Poem and Theme Poem are 3 more apps from the International Reading Association and http://readwritethink.org.  The final product from all of these apps can be "smashed" or "layered" into another app to create a more complex product.  For example... create a variety of poems, save to the camera roll and insert into an app like 30 Hands.  Record narration over each poem, save as a movie file and upload to YouTube or a blog to share with the world!

Acrostic Poems - Students type a word and brainstorm words or phrases that explain or relate to that word. Then create an acrostic poem.  The app does all the formatting. Students can save as Draft, save final product to the camera roll or email it.



Ideas for using:
  • Biographies
  • Famous people, places or events
  • Science vocabulary
  • Formative Assessment strategy "First Word/Last Word" to check for understanding about a topic.
Check the ReadWriteThink.org for lesson plans using this app:

Diamante Poems - Diamante Poems are kind of like mad libs.  


The poem is in the shape of a diamond with specific types of words on each line.  The app has a template that students fill in.

The app does all the formatting. Students can save as Draft, save final product to the camera roll or email it.

Ideas for Using:


  • Compare 2 pieces of literature
  • Book summary including characters, conflict, events and genre
  • Synonyms, antonyms, grammar practice

Check the ReadWriteThink.org for lesson plans using this app:
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/diamante-poems-30053.html

Theme Poems-  Theme Poems is a little like the Stationery Studio software on the computer. Students write poems in a chosen shape.



There are 5 categories with 4-8 options per category.


The app does all the formatting. Students can save as draft, save final product to the camera roll or email it. 

Ideas for Using:

  • general poetry writing
  • short stories for primary students
  • signs or flyers

Check the ReadWriteThink.org for lesson plans using this app:
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/theme-poems-30044.html

Math Slide Apps

Math Slide Apps

The free Math Slide apps are great for elementary students to practice number recognition as well as basic number facts (addition and multiplication).  The free version of each app has 10 games that can be played by 1-4 players at a time.  Students can compete against each other or try to beat their own best time.

Problems are presented in the center in a variety of formats.  

Screenshot samples from the multiplication app:



Screenshot samples from the place value to 1000 app:



Students drag number card with the correct answer to the center.  The student who gets their card to the middle first gets the point.

Students love these apps!  Try them out today!

 
 
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