Middle School Apps (ages 6-8)
Explore targeted apps for your middle school classroom across every subject to support students. Middle school can be a difficult time for most students. The classroom structure changes and more is expected from students academically. In addition to growing pains, students are faced with new opportunities in education, new challenges socially and are given more responsibilities as they become young adults. Below are some great must-have apps that will help any middle school student the tools needed for success.
Algebra touch is an interactive app that allows students to be a part of the problem solving process as they manipulate terms, solve equations, and even factor quadratics. The app provides instruction and support for algebraic thinking required by the Common Core State Standards. Whether a student is tapping the plus button to combine like terms, or factoring a number so they can physically slash and simplify, they are actively engaged in solving basic algebra problems.
Subject: Maths - Algebra
World’s Worst Pet – Vocabulary is an engaging English Language Arts game designed for fourth through eighth graders. This app helps children increase their vocabulary by taking players through an adventure. We love how the narrative grabs the attention of students without sacrificing the academic component. Children are introduced to domain-specific vocabulary words in word lists that are grouped by topic. The high-quality graphics and abundance of levels makes this a go-to app for vocabulary practice.
Subject: English - Spelling, Word Definitions
Wonders of Life is a vast multimedia collection of photos, streaming videos and fairly dense text. Professor Brian Cox, a physicist, would seem to be an odd choice to narrate the app, but much of the content looks at the origins of the senses, how animals expend energy, speed and other topics in his bailiwick. Subjects include the chemistry of water and why it's essential to life, how insects use surface tension to walk on water and why giant insects once found in fossils no longer exist due to changes in the earth's oxygen concentration.
Subject: Science - Biology, Life Science, Plants
Encyclopedia Britannica has many apps for mobile devices geared at teaching children about important topics in social studies and science. Upper elementary schoolers looking to explore history will love Knights and Castle. This comprehensive resource includes articles, games, quizzes and multimedia that will support children as they dig into this history topic.
Subject: History - Civilization
Stack the countries is an educational geography game teaching and testing students on the countries of the world and their shapes, neighbours, landmarks, capital cities, languages, flags, and other geographical facts. The game supplies world maps and flash cards with country facts that can be studied before playing the game portion of the app. Gameplay involves reading questions and choosing from four different countries or country shapes as the answer.
Subject: Geography - Capitals and Countries
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