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8 Excellent iPad Apps to Enhance Students Reading Comprehension Skills

September 30, 2014
After posting about web based tools to enhance students reading comprehension skills, I received a couple of emails asking about iPad apps on reading comprehension. So I went ahead and compiled these popular apps that I believe are really must have. These apps target different areas related to improving kids reading and literacy. They provide practice on key comprehension skills such as developing word awareness, sequencing, sentence fluency, and reading speed. Have a look and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list. Enjoy.

Subtext supports teachers in their Common Core instruction and helps students move closer to college and career readiness by encouraging them to analyze what they read, articulate what they think, and make connections between texts and the outside world.

e Skills Minimod Reading for Details helps the student build mastery in the essential reading comprehension skill of Reading for Details. This app is carefully aligned with the new Core Curriculum. Students can play in either practice mode or game mode. The game mode is a bingo-like game. Students will read a passage about a inventor and his or her invention, then practice their understanding of Reading for Details – the 5W’s of Reading Comprehension – who, what, why, when, where. Each program offers 3 levels of reading difficulty.

Question Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. Extensive 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.

StoryPals has several features that make it versatile and robust. The included stories can be read independently, read aloud with professional narrations, or read aloud using high quality Acapela text-to-speech with word highlighting. Each story is accompanied by a vivid illustration that supports the meaning of the story via a variety of slick interactions that come to life with entertaining voiceovers and sound effects.

This app presents short, concise stories in an engaging format that leads to success. Interesting stories make it easy for children to try, practice and improve reading comprehension skills. Knowledge and confidence will grow with each new story.

Find out with The Opposites, an exciting word game which challenges children (ages 7+) to match up pairs of opposing words before the screen is filled. Opposites starts with easy word pairs, like 'up-down', but as players level up they are challenged with more complex and abstract pairings, until they are dealing with rare descriptive and technical words, from biology, economics, politics, medicine, poetry and classical Greek prefixes!

Same Sound Spellbound is an adventure designed to help the player understand homophones. You begin your adventure choosing to play as either Luna or Leo, young magicians at Magic School, beginning to master the magic of words. In this lesson, Luna and Leo must correctly identify the homophone which best completes the puzzle sentence, in a given time.

Kids Reading Comprehension level 1 Passages For iPad is an interactive and educational app, developed to assist parents, teachers and caregivers in teaching their children to learn the essential skill of reading comprehension.