Book report apps

1/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
These apps can help kids write or embellish their book reports.

Don’t Feed the Worry Bug by Andi Green is both a book and an app. The book is said to be for 5-9 year olds but it can help people of any age with anxiety. The book has a teacher guide and neat stuffed Winces and Worry Bugs to add another dimension to the story.

Wince - don't feed the WorryBug $2.99 The WorryWoo Monsters are a first-of-a-kind series, written and illustrated by Andi Green. Through whimsical illustrations and huggable plushies emotions themselves are turned into lovable quirky characters that embark on delightful journeys of self-awareness. Visual cues flash for the child to take him or her to the next scene. My favorite activity is the worry recorder: Tape your worry and it will turn into scraps of paper that are eaten by the Worry Bug. This helps the child to understand their worries, hear what they are and watch them disappear.

Kids Book Report $.99 This is a very simple book report template. For each book, the student enters details such as setting, main characters, problems, solutions and how the child liked the book. Upon completion of the book report, users can send a PDF copy via email.

StoryBuddy $4.99 StoryBuddy allows kids to create, read, and share stories using the multi-touch feature of the iPad.  The app provides the ability to enrich a book report using added images, photos, digital painting, customizable text and more.

Venn Diagram $2.99  This app allows many shapes and colors. You can overlap your circles, compare and contrast, resize your sheet. The goal of a Venn Diagram is to show similarities and differences. The diagrams can be adapted for individual classrooms.

Common Core Standards Addressed

Reading Literature
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.
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