Almost everything you read these days in the field of education relates somehow to the Common Core State Standards. Like it or not, these standards help everyone, including students, parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and tutors focus on the same goals. Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment is a new app that provides a clear picture of what your child is being taught in school. It is the latest Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps because it does an excellent job providing supplemental practice for students who need support at their current grade level, as well as challenging those students who would benefit from material at a higher level.
Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment was developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the largest publishers of educational text books and curriculum resources, and is available for the iPad, as well as the Nexus and Galaxy.
There is a different app for each grade, starting with kindergarten and going through grade 6. I reviewed the grade 5 version completely, and checked out the free versions of kindergarten and grade 3. Each app is free to try with limited content; it shows parents the layout as well as examples of the reading passages and the types of questions. The complete app can be unlocked through an in-app purchase (IAP).
Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment- Grade 5 contains six different units. A unit consists of five lessons, for a total of 30 lessons per app. The lessons cover a wide range of subjects, from science to the arts to history, and include a leveled reading passage plus 8-10 questions. These questions are designed to improve higher level thinking skills; they require the student to find evidence in the text and make conclusions based upon facts that have been presented. After each lesson is completed, there is an assessment, written in the style used on the state tests. Upon completion, the student gets his/her score, which is also recorded, so parents are kept informed.
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I am familiar with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reading series, “Journeys.” Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment is closely aligned with that reading curriculum at the grades I checked. It presents the same type of material that students are seeing in the classroom, except that it is available for immediate access on your tablet. There is a significant need to develop educational technology to enhance all aspects of the learning process, including reading comprehension, especially as instruction moves away from paper and pencil activities.
Make no mistake, this app is hard work for most children; it represents a level of understanding that is as high as the school standard. Some parents make an agreement with their child for extra time for game playing in exchange for time devoted to academic study. Other parents use it to educate themselves about what is expected of their children in school. Fun Educational Apps names Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment a definite Top Pick. We think parents, tutors, and homeschoolers should have access to high quality apps that offer material similar to what students are using in the classroom.
Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store for iPad; Google Play for Android Devices
Free Download - Additional content via IAP $1.99/£1.49
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist currently working in a public school setting serving children with special needs age 6-14.
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