Middle School – Reading Comprehension Apps for special needs children by Nancy Barth

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Note to the users: This Part#2 of the list (Part#1 link)is generated by Nancy in response to the requests from our FB users for apps that are for older kids who are in developmental level of the younger kids. They need to learn these skills but they don’t need babyish themes. These apps are intended to address those requests.  Hope this give the context to this list. These apps are designed for younger children, but they can be used with older kids just learning to read. Click on to download the app.

App Name Summary & IEP Goals Covered
Description: First in a series of apps directed at older developing readers. When you tap on words in blue a picture pops up and the word is repeated. Words that are tapped on go into a “word bag” for review. Activities include identifying consonant blends and unscrambling words.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Identify initial consonants/consonant blends in words.
  • Answer questions about a story.
Description:

  • Two topics with two stories each. Information, fiction, narrative, fiction. 3 Reading Levels.
  • Age appropriate illustrations.
  • Tapping words in blue in the hardest level opens a new window with further information about that word.
  • Hear words and whole pages spoken as words are highlighted.
  • Read for information.

IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Answer questions about a story.
  • Identify whether a story is fiction or nonfiction.

 

Additional info:

  • Also Available Spinout Stories BLUE
  • Additional Features on the desktop version.
Description: Not really a middle school level topic, but shows the potential for making books accessible.Can be read silently or with narration. The story is animated and provides a rough summary of the book.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Identify the characters in a story.
  • Answer questions about a story.

 

Description: A humorous take on The Boy Who Cried Wolf.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Compare and Contrast two versions of the same/similar story.
Description: Well-made animated version of the traditional tale.  Appeals to all ages.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Compare and contrast two versions of the same story.
  • Describe the character traits of the pigs and the wolf.

 

Description: Humorous, read by the author, predictable text, storylines that can appeal to older kids.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Compare the app version with the book version and list the differences.
  • Retell the story.
Description: Learn about dinosaurs, as well as how to use an index, read notes, use maps, take quizzes.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Map Skills
  • Relate facts.
  • Use an index.
Description: A series of books that address different math concepts such as telling time, categories, counting, maps, and more.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Map Skills.
  • Answer questions.
  • Describe character traits.
  • Math skills.
Description: Simple stories with an extensive menu of accompanying activities, including reader’s theater, reviewing key words, answering questions. Question prompts on the pages. Can record yourself reading and play back.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Fluency.
  • Answering Questions.

 

Description: Sample stories at all levels up to 5thgrade.Can purchase a ‘library’ of books at a particular level.  Questions at the end of the stories.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Answer questions.
  • Retell the story.
Description: Five free books, more available.Matching Game. Word to Picture matching game.  Sort nouns and verbs in Learn mode. Read it or have it read to you.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Visual Memory.
  • Identify nouns and verbs.
  • Compare two versions of the same story (i.e. The Grasshopper and the Ant).

 

Description: Classic Tales such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff (full story included), Jack and the Beanstalk, several available for preview. Read it or have it read to you.  Stories are longer than most app stories.  1-3 paragraphs per page.IEP Goals/Skills Covered:

  • Retell a story.
  • Compare app version with a book version.

About Nancy Barth: 

Nancy Barth Tutoring began as Barth Educational Consultants when Nancy retired from teaching in public schools and moved back to Fresno, California, to live the easy life. She never wanted to retire from improving the lives of others through education, but needed a more flexible schedule to help care for her first grandson.

Her services  include specialized tutoring for dyslexia and dysgraphia using multisensory strategies and techniques, academic support for children, teens, and young adults with autism/Asperger’s, as well as other specialized tutoring and consulting services. She works with all ages.

To learn more about Nancy,  Check out her website: http://nancybarthtutoring.com/

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15 thoughts on “Middle School – Reading Comprehension Apps for special needs children by Nancy Barth

  1. Technology in Education says:

    This is the second in the series of the apps for Middle school by Nancy Barth Tutoring. This Part covers the most important Reading Comprehension Skills. Check it out.

  2. Technology in Education says:

    apps listed include Wrinkled Pants Software, Nosy Crow, Peegos Publishing, Unicorn Labs,TumbleBooks, Idinobook, NE mobile, Teknowledge Mobile Studio, The Story Mouse

  3. Nancy Barth says:

    PS My Word Reader: Are Whale Smart or What? just came out. It is from Wrinkled Pants, just like Are Bees Smart, or What. And of course, Cinderella from Nosy Crow also just came out. I recently read Penelope the Purple Pirate, and there is lots there that can appeal to kids, especially the factual information at the end. It could help be the start of a research project.

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  7. Sharon Swindell says:

    I am also having difficulty finding Learning A-Z :-( I’m an SLP who works with children in K through 5 and am looking for apps in which comprehension beyond a single word or sentence level is focused on. These apps look promising!

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  9. Lori says:

    I would like to recommend Pocket Lexi by Pocket SLP. It’s free in the Apple Store and includes one book with the option to buy others through an in app purchase!

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