The main page of this application includes all 20 of the current Pocket Chart applications in one to select as buttons on the app. Choose which skill you would like to work on and press the button to begin application play. You can play each application with voice prompts on or off. If a student completes a task correctly, a star will appear and the next cards will appear. Otherwise a sound will play and the student will have to try again. Once all tasks have been completed, an image will appear on the screen stating "Nice Job!".
Each application has a similar main page with the options to turn voice prompts on and off. The applications all look and play alike with a set of two cards in a pocket chart with 2-4 cards at the bottom of the screen to press and drag in the pocket area next to the other cards. If you press a card and you have "Voice Prompts" on, the narrator will state the letter or word. Then, specific application play begins:
- Colors and Color Words - Match a word with its color by pressing and dragging colors in the pockets next to the color words.
- Pre-Number Category Sorting - Match shapes/colors to that of real-life objects and other shapes/colors that are slightly turned or differently sized.
- Counting 1-20 - Match pictures of an amount of objects with the appropriate number and vice versa.
- Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching - Match uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Beginning Letter Sounds - Match the picture with its beginning letter sound (letter).
- Long and Short Vowel Sounds - Match the picture with its long or short vowel sound.
- Position Words - At the top of the application it asks "where is the red bean?". Words will be on the cards that go with the images and you will have to match the preposition at the bottom of the page.
- Numbers and Number Words - Count the squares and say the numeral, then match the textual number word and the other way around.
- Consonant Blends and Digraphs - Match the consonant blends or digraphs with the picture of a word that contains the consonant blend or digraph at the beginning of the word and vice versa. (An update for this application is coming soon to have the narrator state the letters as well as the blend)
- Ending Letter Sounds - Match the picture with its ending letter sound and vice versa.
- Word Families - A word family is shown with three different words in it and one blank for a fourth. Match a word that fits in the given word family. Later, match the word family that goes with the two pictures shown on each card and vice versa.
- Addition and Subtraction - Bowls of fish will appear on two lines. Each line is an equation. Purple numbers, "+" or "-" signs, and "="will appear between the bowls. Each fish bowl has a different type of fish in it. For addition, the answers at the bottom of the screen will have fish types combined along with the numbers shown in purple. In the subtraction equations, the first bowl will have two types of fish in it subtracted by one type of fish and the answer will be one type of fish.
- Spelling - 3-Letter Words - An image of a 3-letter word will be on the first card along with the first letter of the word. The second letter will be on a card in the middle. The child must spell the word by choosing the final letter at the bottom.
- Compound Words - The first card will show an image of the first word in the compound word. The second card will show an image of the first word in the compound word and the child must choose the second word in the compound word. Then, an image of a compound word will appear and the beginning word half of the compound word is shown as the second card. The child must choose the second word in the compound word.
- Fractions - A real-life image divided up into parts will be on the first card along with its fraction highlighted and shown as a number. The child must match the fraction as a circle/square (which also shows a portion shaded and the number). The same portion of the object will be shaded as the shape. Next, fractions will appear on shapes only as different shapes cut in the same fraction and shaded differently. The numbers are still on the cards though. Finally, the shape with a portion of it shaded will appear to match to number fractions with no associated shapes to match and vice versa.
- Rhyming Words - Images and the associated words will appear on each card and students are asked to match those that rhyme.
- Holiday Matching Games (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) - Match the images that are the same. Images are only slightly different.
What I Like About This/These Applications:
- The simplicity and similarity of application play across all of the apps is helpful for young children.
- There are so many early vocabulary and learning concepts addressed in the Pocket Charts Pro applications/available for purchase separately.
- The images and text are easy to read without any distracting colors.
- Audio of the cards being read aloud is perfect for non-readers.
- I would love more trials for each application because each seems like they are completed quickly, especially when working in groups. However, for the price of these apps, you really can't complain.
- I would also like there to be data collection for the applications which would be helpful for RtI as well as speech-language therapy. It would make skill assessment a lot easier!
- Pocket Charts Pro (all of the apps) - Auditory Bombardment: Turn Voice Prompts on to press the images for them to be stated aloud; Receptive Language - Children learn new vocabulary and concepts by playing the apps
- Colors and Color Words - Receptive Language: Help young children identify colors and match words to them.
- Pre-Number Category Sorting - Receptive Language: Have the child identify the real-life objects and shapes. Have them describe the objects.
- Counting 1-20 - Receptive Language: Help the child identify numbers and learn number sequence.
- Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching - RtI: Children will learn letter identification of both upper and lowercase letters.
- Beginning Letter Sounds - RtI: Children will learn beginning letter sounds of words; Articulation: Children can practice words with their letter sound; Phonology: This application can be used to work on Initial Consonant Deletion
- Long and Short Vowel Sounds - RtI: Children will learn long and short vowel sound within words; Articulation: Children who have difficulty producing vowel sounds can practice stating the words aloud.
- Position Words - Grammar: Children will learn various prepositions. Have them use the prepositions in sentences; Receptive Language: Children will learn various prepositions/position words. You can even find a red bean and have them practice mimicking the positions on the app!
- Numbers and Number Words - Receptive Language: Children will learn different ways to express numbers and number identification
- Consonant Blends and Digraphs - Articulation - You can use this application to work on words with blends and digraphs in the initial word position (An update for this application is coming soon to have the narrator state the letters as well as the blend); RtI: Children will learn how to blend sounds together.
- Ending Letter Sounds - RtI: Children will learn ending letter sounds for various words; Articulation: Use the application to work on various ending letter sounds; Phonology: This application can be used with a child who has final consonant deletion errors.
- Word Families - RtI: This application works on rhyming word families. See how many more words a child can state in a word family; Articulation: Children can practice their speech sounds by stating the words in this application.
- Addition and Subtraction - Receptive Language: Teach the concepts of sequencing within equations, addition, subtraction, and symbols. Teach them visualization/memory strategies to help them solve the problems.
- Spelling - 3-Letter Words - Articulation: Use this application to work on CVC words with students. (Note: not all of the 3-Letter words are CVC words)
- Compound Words - Expressive Language/Grammar: Use this application to work on compound words; Receptive Language: Discuss how compound words are made of of two words, but they are not always related to the two words. Discuss the vocabulary in the application.
- Fractions - Receptive Language: Discuss parts of items, how to divide between people, and visualization of different pieces when thinking about a fraction; Sharing - Have students use real-life objects to match the fractions and share different parts of items.
- Rhyming Words - RtI: This application is great for working on rhyming words. See how many words a child can think of that rhyme with the word on the screen; Articulation: You can work on speech sounds with this application of rhyming words.
- Holiday Matching Games (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) - Receptive Language: Discuss the ways in which the pictures are different (parts, colors, shape, size, etc.)
Pocket Charts Pro is available for the iPad for $4.99. All other applications are available for $0.99!
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