Many states have already adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a program designed to ensure consistency in the educational standards within each school across the United States. At the same time, more and more educators are incorporating tablets and other touch devices into classroom instruction. Schools all over the country are launching programs aimed at providing students with NOOKs, iPads and similar devices for use in the classroom. As a result, app developers are actively exploring ways in which educational apps can help facilitate learning consistent with Common Core Standards.
Educational apps are not a replacement for classroom instruction, but rather one of many valuable tools in the toolbox of parents and educators seeking to provide varied and engaging learning experiences for children. It is our belief that play and creativity are key ingredients in learning, and open ended, imaginative play is an important goal of Felt Board the app. In addition, apps like Felt Board offer a wonderful opportunity for adults to interact and communicate with children, for fun and also learning. The backgrounds and accessories within Felt Board the app have been specifically selected to encourage imaginative play, as well as to serve as a teaching aid and resource for parents, teachers and therapists while working with young children. Here are some examples for using Felt Board app for common core standards.
Examples of Common Core applications of Felt Board, grades K-3
Literature: Key Ideas and Details RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2
Use Felt Board to retell familiar stories, fables or folktales, demonstrating an understanding of its message or lesson. Whether one on one, in small groups, or projected on a screen, children can create characters and select appropriate backgrounds, costumes and accessories to illustrate key parts of a story. The camera feature will allow children to take a screenshot that can be printed in a book or displayed in the photo library.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5
Create colorful illustrations with Felt Board to serve as a visual display when sharing stories, poems, thoughts and feelings. Short captions can be created using letters in the app for each page, or the illustrations can be printed and attached to illustrate written text. Felt Board pictures can be shown via projector during speaking exercises.
Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use L.K.5
Backgrounds and accessories in Felt Board can be used to sort common objects into categories. For example, colors, shapes, foods, animals.
Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality K.CC.4, K.CC.5, K.CC.6
Use Felt Board to show the relationship between numbers and quantities. Objects can be arranged on the screen for children to answer questions like “How many?” Children can identify whether one group of objects is greater than, less than or equal to another group of objects. Additionally, children can use the app to count out a given number of objects and assign the correct number to that group of objects.
Mathematics: Operations & Algebraic Thinking K.OA.1, K.OA.2, K.OA.3, K.OA.4, 1.OA.1
Illustrate word problems and math stories using Felt Board. Teachers and children can use the app to illustrate examples of how to decompose numbers in various ways. For example, 10 = 8+2, 10 = 5+5, 10 = 6+4
Mathematics: Number Operations in Base Ten K.NBT.1
Use objects in Felt Board to illustrate the composition and decomposition of numbers from 11 to 19 (such as 18 = 10 + 8)
Mathematics: Measurement & Data K.MD.3
Use objects in Felt Board to classify objects into given categories, count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Mathematics: Geometry K.G.1
Use the shapes included in the app to name the various shapes and describe the relative positions of each shape to one another using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind and next to.
Additional Ways to Use Felt Board in the Classroom
- Children use Felt Board to inspire original stories as well as to recall familiar stories.
- Teachers and librarians use Felt Board as a visual and storytelling aid.
- Felt Board is often used by therapists and special education teachers to encourage speech and vocabulary development, discuss feelings and associated facial expressions, and to create teaching stories.
Felt Board Lesson Plans
Equal Parts Math Activity – Matt Gomez, Kindergarten Teacher
Felt Board App (writing) – Matt Gomez, Kindergarten Teacher
Creative Writing With Apps – Layered Soul (Homeschool lesson)
Moms With Apps, “The Role of Your Educational App in the Common Core Standards”