Ready, Set, Go: Apps to Align the IEP to the Common Core Standard

How are special education teachers going to help their students attain the Common Core Standards and meet their IEP goals?

Read the guidelines for application of the Common Core Standards to students with disabilities here.

If you have written an IEP you know you need to first look at your student's present level of performance, fondly known as your PLEPS- Present Level of Educational Performance.

Common Core App Free. Great to have when planning lessons and writing IEP goals.

The Common Core Standards are like blocks- each year you add another block so once a child is in high school they have a skyscraper.

Anchor Standards

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
6.Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

IEP GoalsKindergarten The student will sort and classify common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

See, Touch, Learn- Free/ $24.99 Full Version- Comes with basic library. Purchase pro for the full library of spelling words, common objects,vocabulary and instructional videos.

First Grade- The student will describe objects using adjectives/attributes.

Comparative Adjectives Free- Using photographs students are asked to choose pictures based on visual comparison using words such as bigger, flattest, newest, happiest and more.

Second Grade- The student will define the meaning of individual words within a compound word and use the definitions to predict the meaning of the compound words

Compound Word Montessori- $1.99- First start by making the compound word in a puzzle format. Once the level is completed match the picture to the correct compound word.

Third Grade- The students will use adjectives to describe people, places and things in their environment.

Speech with Milo $2.99 - This application is intended for children, approximately ages 2-10, in order to teach basic descriptive words.

Fourth Grade-The student will explain the meaning of common idioms (e.g., a piece of cake), adages (e.g., anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), and proverbs (e.g., haste makes waste).

Kidioms 2 $1.99- Kidioms 2 introduces 64 more commonly used idioms. This iPad app makes learning idioms fun for children, ELL students, or anyone wishing to improve their understanding of English. The app uses an interactive notebook to present an idiom, its meaning and an example showing the idiom used in context.

Fifth Grade- The student will interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

Figurative Language $8.99- The game mode is a bingo-like game. Students will read a short sentence, and then practice their understanding of figurative language. Each program offers three levels with carefully controlled vocabulary.

Sixth- Eighth Grade:The student will use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

Vocab- Rootology Free. But best of all, Vocab Rootology’s unique methodology helps users learn how to use these Word Roots to derive a Vocabulary Word’s meaning within Prep Interactive’s innovative game format.

High School-The student will utilize general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, and/or its etymology as used in the selected high school reading literature and/or content area materials.

Merriam Webster Dictionary Free. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with an integrated thesaurus, example sentences.

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