Language Arts Apps for Elementary Students

Here are a few Language Arts Apps for elementary students.

Here are a few Language Arts Apps for elementary students, approximately grades K-3.

If you are using Spelling You See – Listen and Write, check out Starfall ABC’s and Gappy Learns Reading.

 

Language Arts Apps

 

Bluster Deluxe (iOS only)

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Bluster Deluxe challenges students to make connections in word patterns as they read. Content focuses on rhyming, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives and more. The game offers options for playing against others or working independently. Children will need to have a solid foundation with reading word lists in order to avoid frustration. If your child is beginning to read chapter books, this app would be a great fit to boost their vocabulary.

 

 

Starfall ABCs (iOS, Kindle Fire and Google Play)

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Starfall ABCs brings each letter to life with pictures, animation, games, songs, and stories! Using a clear and articulate voice, each letter is identified by name, sounds, and words. Children interact with each letter by tapping, sliding, sorting, and dragging objects through five or more screens of engaging phonics learning. Many of the letters include real pictures as well as animations. The most exciting part of this app may be the sign language animations from the bottom menu! Starfall ABCs is a must-have app for children learning their letters, letter sounds, and beginning to read.

 

Gappy Learns Reading (iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire)

Gappy's First Words

Gappy Learns Reading supports young kids by building words letter by letter and sound by sound. Gappy gets lost from his home and your child needs to build 10 words to get him to his house. After building 10 words, prizes can be earned to customize the house. There are four levels in the app to accommodate a wide variety of abilities, from early learners who are beginning to work on letter identification, to early readers who have greater knowledge of how words are formed. Customization in the app includes turning on and off word sets and letter formation. This is a well-designed app for learning about letters and sounds while building words.

 

Reading Raven Vol. 2 – iOS only

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Reading Raven Vol. 2 continues the excellent language development play from the original app. Designed to build on Reading Raven Vol. 1, kids work through digraphs (sh, qu), blends (spr, mp), and reading words and sentences with word lengths up to six letters. The play is the same with colorful thematic areas for repeated practice that thoughtfully build on each other. Adults can customize the activities for their child’s needs, and learn about all the levels right inside the app.

 

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KinderTown iPad Giveaway [ GIVEAWAY OVER]

We’d like to show our appreciation of your hard work as parents and educators with an iPad giveaway and more!

 

We’d like to show our appreciation of your hard work as parents and educators with an iPad giveaway and more!

iPad Giveaway: UPDATED

 

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

 

Kimberly K. had the most entries and won the iPad mini.

 

The follow-up winners each won a $10 Demme Learning gift card.

 

All of the winners have been contacted via email.

 



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Around the Kitchen: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Make a Treat!

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts, and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

The kitchen is an excellent place for practicing real-life math skills. Young children can identify basic measurement tools and help with counting, while elementary level children can practice multiplication by doubling or tripling a favorite recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Older elementary children can use division and fractions to halve a recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Choose one of the following no-bake recipes (or find one of your own) and help your children sharpen their math skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.

 

RECIPES:

 

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars

15 graham crackers, broken up

3 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips (about 1 3/4 cups)

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

 

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, making sure the foil extends up over the edges.
  2. Process graham crackers with sugar and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Pulse in butter until moistened. Transfer to lined pan and press crumbs down evenly and firmly.
  3. Place butterscotch chips in a large bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth and creamy. (Do not overheat, or mixture will turn stiff.) Stir in peanut butter. Blend well and spread evenly over graham-cracker crust. Cover and chill until firm (1-2 hours).
  4. Lift bars out and remove foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

 

Chocolate No-Bakes

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Large pinch salt

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally; then boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt and combine.
3. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and sit at room temperature until hardened.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Tell your child which tool you need (measuring cup, teaspoon) and have him find that tool for you. Point out the relationship between the tools (ex., two half cups fill a whole cup). Have your child count as you add the correct number of cups, tablespoons, etc.
  • Elementary: Ask your child to double the recipe by multiplying each ingredient by 2. (You may need to help with any fractional measurements.) Then have him multiply the yield by 2 to predict how many bars or cookies he will have at the end.
  • Upper Elementary: Ask your student to halve the recipe. Depending on his ability level, have him divide by 2 (helping with the fractional measurements) or multiply by ½.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Opening Ceremony
Around the Kitchen: App Connections
Around the Kitchen: Grab Bag
Around the Kitchen: Closing Campfire

 

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Master Builders: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read: The Transcontinental Railroad or Lalibela

 

Master Builders Demme Learning Connection

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

 

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page.

 

Master Builders Demme Learning Connection

 

Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • The Transcontinental Railroad: men, spent, six, west, link
  • Lalibela: block, rock, cut, top, hill

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

 

Master Builders Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/building activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTbuild or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Master Builders: Opening Ceremony
Master Builders: App Connections
Master Builders: Closing Campfire

 

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How Creative: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read: Dr. Silver’s Invention or The Hot Air Balloon.

 

How Creative! Demme Learning Connection

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

 

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page.

 

How Creative! Demme Learning Connection

 

Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • Silver’s Invention: think, kept, stick
  • The Hot Air Balloon: hot, sink, cloth, man, duck

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

How Creative! Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/creative activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcreate or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

How Creative: Opening Ceremony
How Creative: App Connections
How Creative: Closing Campfire (8/6)

 

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The Great Outdoors: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

Geometrical shapes aren’t just manufactured: they’re everywhere! In the lower levels of Math-U-See, students learn to identify basic shapes; later, they explore the characteristics of shapes, such as symmetry, and learn how to draw lines and shapes on a coordinate grid. This nature scavenger hunt provides a fun way to apply these mathematical skills.

 

Download this PDF file to follow along with the activities.

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that have different shapes. Ask: which objects have shapes that are close to circles? Which are close to squares? Rectangles? Triangles? Ovals? Hearts?
  • Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that show symmetry around a line. (Fig. 2) Ask: where you can draw a line to divide the object into two mirror images? Can you do this in more than one way?
  • Upper Elementary: Have your student collect 5 interesting objects from nature. He should choose one to place on the coordinate grid (Fig. 1). Draw a dot wherever the edge of the object meets an intersection on the grid. Have your student label each dot with an ordered pair.

 

EXAMPLE:

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

Now remove the object from the grid. Show your grid and objects to another member of your family. Can that person guess which object fits inside the dots?

 

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The Great Outdoors: Opening Ceremony
The Great Outdoors: App Connections
The Great Outdoors: Grab Bag
The Great Outdoors: Closing Campfire

 

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Sports of All Sorts: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Newspaper Free Throw

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

People who are interested in sports often like to record data, such as the number of points earned, the time it took to complete a challenge, or the percentage of games won. Students at all levels of Math-U-See study different types of data analysis. Young children record results with tally marks (Primer, Lesson 23), elementary-aged children learn how to make graphs (Beta, Lesson 30), and older students calculate percentages (Zeta, Lesson 11).

 

As you prepare to play today’s “sport,” you can refer to this PDF to review data-recording techniques.

 

Learn about tally marks, bar graphs, line graphs, and finding percentages.

 

MATERIALS:

  • Old newspapers (Other types of paper may be used, as long as the pages are all the same size.)
  • Bucket or basket
  • Pad of paper or marker board for keeping score

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Wad up each full sheet of newspaper into a ball. Try to keep the size of the “balls” somewhat uniform.
  • Create a free-throw line with chalk or tape. Set up the “basket” a designated length away from the free-throw line. (You may want to adjust this distance based on the age of the contestant.)
  • Each contestant stands behind the line and throws the newspaper balls into the basket. Another person should record the number of times the balls go into the basket. The person who shoots the most “baskets” wins. (NOTE: If you only have one player, that person can throw the balls three times and write down all three scores.)
  • Complete the appropriate activity to record the data.
  • Preschool – Early Elementary: Have the child record the scores with tally marks and report the totals at the end of the competition.
  • Elementary: Make a bar graph to compare the scores of the contestants or a line graph for the three trials of an individual player.
  • Upper Elementary: Count the total number of balls and calculate the percentage of successful baskets for each player or trial.

 

If you want to learn more about Math-U-See, visit our website.

 

Sports of All Sorts Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/sports activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTsports or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Sports of All Sorts: Opening Ceremony
Sports of All Sorts: App Connections
Sports of All Sorts: Closing Campfire (7/23)

 

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Under the Sea: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read: Seahorses or The Vikings (great sea explorers).

 

Read the "Seahorses" and "The Vikings" passages from Spelling You See.

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page [link to preschool page]. Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

  • Seahorses: fish, but, not, neck, grass
  • The Vikings: ships, long, hull, land, had

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.)

 

Print out a copy of this activity page for your younger camper.

 

Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

Under the Sea Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTSea or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Under the Sea: Opening Ceremony
Under the Sea: App Connections
Under the Sea: Closing Campfire (7/16)

 

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No Place Like Home: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read: Pioneer Children or The Aztecs.

 

Read the "Pioneer Children" and "Aztecs" passages from Spelling You See.

Both passages focus on the experience of moving to a new home and making a life there. After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page.

 

Print out a copy of this activity page for your younger camper.

Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

  • Pioneer Children: thing, pack, fill, stuck
  • The Aztecs: land, plant, crops, rich

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

No Place Like Home Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTHome or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Related Blog Posts

No Place Like Home: Opening Ceremony
No Place Like Home: App Connections
No Place Like Home Closing Campfire

 

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America: Demme Learning Day

Learn about American history and spelling with these printable and instructions.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read:
The Liberty Bell” or “America the Beautiful.

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

 

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page. Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • The Liberty Bell: bell, stand, rung, crack, fix
  • “America the Beautiful”: top, back, song

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

Crayola Color Alive! Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/patriotic activity and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTAmerica or upload them below to enter.

 

America: Opening Ceremony (6/26)
America: App Connections (6/29)
America: Closing Campfire (7/2)

 

Next series: No Place Like Home.

 



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