Monday, February 18, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - Kids Book Report

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Kids Book Report - $0.99 - iPad Only

Reviewer Comments
This is a simple book report template appropriate for grades K-2 or for students struggling to organize ideas or identify key aspects of a text. The template has 6 sections to enter information that helps the user organize thoughts.
First the student need to identify the title and author information. Next they need to enter the main characters of the story or text. On a concrete level the student needs to answer the WH questions. The main problem and solution follow with the student's opinion as the finale.
If in a school setting students can send the book reports via email to their parents or vice versa. It would be nice to see an opportunity to bring the 6 ideas into a complete book report, but the app is limited in that it simply provides the template in a visually appealing way.
We have trialled this app with older students who are developmentally disabled, but functioning at a cognitive level of 6-7 years. This app provides a nice structured format to help a child record key facts of a story and encourages beginning writing.
Common Core Standards:
K-Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1c Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Grades K-2 Reading Literature-Key Details-
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

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