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The ultimate goal of reading is good comprehension. We've gathered information about apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness (through antonyms, synonyms, and homophones), as well as several mind mapping apps. Mind maps are visual diagrams that help students represent words or ideas and can be used in reading and writing.

 

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Inspiration Maps

Price: $9.99
Grade level: 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Writing
Device: iPad

A versatile mind-mapping tool to help kids visually organize information and ideas. Easily create diagrams, maps, organizers, brainstorms, and text outlines.

Kidspiration Maps

Price: $9.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Skill: Comprehension, Writing
Device: iPad

An easy-to-use and versatile mind-mapping tool that can be used in all subject areas. Includes an image-to-text conversion feature.

Learn With Homer

Price: Free
Grade level: Pre-K, K
Skill: Comprehension, Phonics
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

A learn-to-read app incorporates drawing, voice recording, stories, songs, and more, along with more traditional phonics exercises. Encourages kids to think critically about what they've read or listened to through answering questions.

LightSail

Price: Free
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension
Device: Android, iPad

An e-reading literacy platform to support independent reading. Students can use LightSail to check out texts from their schools' digital libraries and read the books directly on their devices. As students progress through a book, questions appear to gauge their comprehension. Kids can earn badges and a Lexile measure.

News-O-Matic for School, Nonfiction Reading

Price: $4.99-5.99
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Whether your students enjoy reading about sports, science, world news, or wacky events, News-O-Matic delivers what’s making the news. This nonfiction reading comprehension app publishes five news stories each weekday. The stories range in length and difficulty to create opportunities for differentiated instruction. Readers learn what happened on this date in history through an educational game and write or draw to Editor-in-Chief Russ in the News Room.

Opposite Ocean

Price: $0.99
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Vocabulary
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

In Opposite Ocean, Luna and Leo must master the magic of words by correctly identify the antonym that is the opposite of the given keyword. Children earn pearls when they drag the correct bubble word to the enchanted clam. Developed in association with the Virginia Department of Education.

Popplet

Price: $4.99
Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone

A versatile mind-mapping tool. Students create "Popplets" that can be filled with text, drawings, images, or video, with the ability to share and collaborate in real time.  

Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion

Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd
Skill: Comprehension
Device: iPad

Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion is part story, part game, and part online safety lesson. When Garfield's friend receives an "F" on his report about goats for using opinions instead of facts, Professor Garfield steps in to explain the differences between a fact and an opinion (particularly with regard to the Internet), how to read with a questioning mind, and how a fact can be verified. Developed by the Virginia Department of Education.

Question Builder

Price: $5.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Skill: Comprehension
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Question Builder is designed to help children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. Use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Audio clip reinforcement can be turned on or off for non-special needs children.

Same Meaning Magic

Price: $0.99
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Vocabulary
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

In Same Meaning Magic students help Luna and Leo, young magicians at magic school, toss word stones into the wishing well to earn gold coins and jewels by choosing the best synonym. Developed in association with the Virginia Department of Education.

Same Sound Spellbound

Price: $0.99
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Vocabulary
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Same Sound Spellbound is an adventure designed to help the player understand homophones (words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, such as "bee" and "be"). Luna and Leo, young magicians at Magic School, must use their spell book to bring animal statues to life. In the game, students must correctly identify the homophone which best completes the puzzle sentence, in a given time. If the word is correct, the animal statue comes to life. If it's incorrect, the statue crumbles. Developed in association with the Virginia Department of Education.

SimpleMind

Price: $4.00- $6.99
Grade level: 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

SimpleMind is a basic mind mapping tool that turns an iPhone/iPod into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device. SimpleMind's limited options make it a good tool for students that are new to mind mapping. Not ready to commit to the $6.99 price tag? Try out SimpleMind Lite for free.

Speech with Milo: Sequencing

Price: $2.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Skill: Comprehension
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Speech with Milo: Sequencing is a sequencing and storytelling game. Slide the three picture cards into correct order (first, next, and last), then watch the story come to life. A speech–language pathologist chose Milo's activities, such as hitting a baseball or eating a sandwich, to help kids learn to organize time, sentence, and storytelling concepts with familiar themes. Speech with Milo: Sequencing is also available in Spanish.

StoryBuilder

Price: $7.99
Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Language-arts tool for kids who need to improve their sentence formation, storytelling, and speaking, and can be used in special needs classrooms.

Tell About This

Price: $2.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Comprehension, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad

Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling, and the app records the results. This versatile tool can be used as a pre-writing or publishing activity.

The Opposites

Price: Free
Grade level: 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Comprehension
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

The Opposites app helps children learn vocabulary and the corresponding antonyms by challenging them to match up pairs of opposing words in increasingly difficult levels. The game also helps children understand the importance of word context, and is an opportunity for them to think about how the words they use oppose other words. The Opposites consists of 10 different levels, each stage with a corresponding level of vocabulary. The app also offers a dictionary option that provides definitions and antonyms in a kid-friendly format.

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