Katie Cohen shares:
Vocabulary is a goal I frequently address with kiddos. I have found a few apps on the Ipad for working with vocabulary.
Let’s Name Things Fun Deck by Super Duper Inc.
This app targets divergent categorization. Each page states “Let’s name…. Things ____” Examples: “Let’s name… things you see on a farm” “Let’s name… things that are red.” The app has the option to select all 52 cards or “uncheck” some which are not culturally relevant and/or developmentally appropriate. I prompt the students to name 3-5 items in the category. Sometimes I will have one student name as many items as possible, yet other times we do more of a round-robin style, taking turns naming items. Whoever names the last item is directed to “push the green button”, there’s a rewarding sound (versus if they hit the red button there’s a negative sound), and the app automatically goes to the next card. At the top of the screen data, is kept for easy documentation at the end of the activity. You can also enter in multiple students and track data over time; the app stores accuracies for each session automatically.
Baby First Words
I use this app for direct instruction of vocabulary to younger students. Active pictures with catchy audio are divided into simple categories including: animals, vehicles, food, nature, clothes, and at home. At the end of each section, you can choose to have a field of 3 choices for the student to receptively identify a named item. This is a fun way to instruct vocabulary rather than flash cards. I often use it to reinforce or pre-teach vocabulary that aligns with a book we are reading.
Category Therapy by Tactus Therapy
This app has 3 levels easy (concrete), medium (subcategory), and hard (abstract). I have found this app to be very helpful when I have a student who has learned (or memorized) all the typical materials I use for categorization. You can select from 4 activities:
1)Find. Gives a category in written and verbal form; student must receptively identify an item that’s a member of the category from field of 3 pictures.
2) Classify. Student is shown a picture of target item. Given field of 2 choices of categories, student must ID category.
3) Exclude. When shown field of 4 pictures, student must identify which one doesn’t belong
4) Find. Student is shown 3 pictures and a blank space. Given field of 2 choices, student must identify another member of the category. This level has the option of a hint which tells the target category.
This app has audio which I like because it’s helpful for my students who are not yet readers. I recommend downloading the free version (category lite) first.