Language Arts Primary Apps

Language Arts Apps for Primary Students

 

Storytelling            

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Free/Paid

Device

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Book Creator

Create your own books and publish them as PDF or EPUB formats.

CommonSenseMedia

free to create one book, $4.99 to create unlimited books

iPad, Android

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PuppetPals

Create and record animated short stories.

FCPS & CommonSenseMedia

free but has limited access unless purchasing additional in-app items

iPad

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WriteReader Pro

Students can write and record their own book. Then, parents can translate the story into proper spellings, punctuation and conventions alongside the original student work.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99

iPad

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RainbowSentences

Helps beginning writers understand sentence structure by color coding parts of a sentence and using pictographs to help students write.  Parents can track students’ progress in the app.

CommonSenseMedia

$7.99

iPad

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Rory’s Story Cubes

Students shake their digital device to roll 9 virtual dice, each of which have pictures.  Then, students use the resulting pictures to write a story.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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Superhero Comic Book Maker

Students can write, illustrate and narrate their own comic-book style superhero stories.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Princess Fairy Tale Maker

Students can write, illustrate and narrate their own princess-themed stories.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPad

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Storypatch

This app allows students to write their own storybooks by using over 800 built-in illustrations or importing their own photos.

educational blog

$2.99

iPad

 

Books

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Free/Paid

Device

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Axis 360

Online access to free ebooks and audiobooks.  Students can browse, check out and read books in this all-in-one app.

FCPS

free

all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later, Android devices, Kindle Fire

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Starwalk Kids

Online access to ebooks for students.  Many nonfiction titles are available.

FCPS

free

iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!

From author Mo Willems, this app lets students create their own Pigeon stories and insert their voices into the stories.

CommonSenseMedia

$6.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Even Monsters Get Sick

An interactive story about a boy named Harry who is trying to diagnose what is wrong with his monster. Students can hear the story being read or read it independently.

CommonSenseMedia

free (android version in Google Play store), $1.99 in iTunes store

iPad, Android

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Fox in Socks

Digital version of the popular Dr. Seuss book.  Other popular Dr. Seuss books are also available as digital, interactive versions.

CommonSenseMedia

$3.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

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Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night

Diagrams, photographs and nonfiction text about bats. Teaches students about the elements of nonfiction in an engaging manner.

AASL

$2.99

iPad

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Cinderella by NosyCrow

Interactive app about the classic fairy tale.  Students can choose from Read and Play, Read by Myself or Read to Me options.

AASL

$6.00

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Read Me Stories - Children’s Books

This app provides a free children’s book each day.  Tapping on a character makes the book expand the storyline.

educational blog

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

 

Reading (includes Alphabet, Vocabulary & Phonics)

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Free/Paid

Device

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iTouch iLearn Words

Short animations and word play games to help preschool students and students with special needs how to recognize words.

FCPS

$1.99

iPhone, iPad

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Endless Reader

Games to help students master sight words and help with their reading fluency.

FCPS & CommonSenseMedia

free, in-app purchases to unlock additional sight word packages

iPhone, iPad, Android

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abc PocketPhonics

Students hear, say and trace the letters to learn the sounds each one makes, in addition to blended sounds.  Parents can track progress online and use an accompanying parent guide for using the app.

FCPS

$6.99 (free version available for iPhones called abc PocketPhonics Lite)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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ABCSpellingMagic

Students can tap each letter of the alphabet to hear the sound that it makes.  Also includes features to teach students how to spell words.

FCPS

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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MonkeyWordSchoolAdventure

Phonics and word group activities to help students master sight words.  As students master each level, they receive rewards, which are decorations for the app.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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uKloo

A seek-and-find literacy game that encourages students to use word clues to identify sight words.

CommonSenseMedia

free

iPhone, iPad

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Alphabetic

This app uses a timed game to help students with letter recognition.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone

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FreefallSpelling

This app uses three styles of games to help students with vocabulary building, word recognition and spelling.  Students must unscramble letters to correctly spell words that match illustrated clues.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Alpha Writer by Montessorium

Designed for beginning readers and writers, this app encourages students to move letters around on the device to form words. When students touch a letter, the sounds are repeated for them.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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SpellingCity

A variety of games to help students learn vocabulary words from different preset lists.  Users can register for free and upload their own custom vocabulary lists for the games.

CommonSenseMedia

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle, Chromebook

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Sight Words: Kids Learn

Students learn sight words by tracing the words on the device, pressing a star to hear them read aloud, or recording their own voice pronouncing them.

educational blog

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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ABC - Magnetic Alphabet

Uses a digital magnetic alphabet set to help students spell sight words or vocabulary words.

educational blog

$1.99

iPad

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Sight Words by Little Speller

The app uses interactive tiles that students drag in place to spell sight words.  The letter sounds are pronounced for students and parents may choose to record their voice to help children in the app.

educational blog

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Starfall Learn to Read

This app accompanies the Starfall website.  In the app, students can choose from a variety of mini books to read about the featured phonic sound.  Then, they can play games to work on the sound.

CommonSenseMedia

$2.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

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Big Bird’s Words

In this app, students choose a word from a grocery list provided by Big Bird.  After reading the word, they find that item in their environment and snap a picture of it with the device camera.

CommonSenseMedia

$0.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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Clifford’s Be Big with Words

Players provide Clifford with three-letter words.  As they spell out words, Clifford and his friends paint a picture of the word.  

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPad

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Clifford’s Big Birthday

In this game, players help set up Clifford’s birthday party by decorating.  As they decorate, they hear the words and then must use their knowledge of phonics and word families in birthday games with Clifford.

CommonSenseMedia

$0.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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My Word Wall

This app helps students learn sight words by seeing them, saying them and using them in games.

educational blog

$2.29

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

 

Handwriting & Keyboarding

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Free/Paid

Device

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ABC Letter Toy

Interactive game to learn how to write the alphabet with on screen guides.

FCPS

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Handwriting without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try

Beginning handwriting practice with audio coaching.  Parents can track progress and errors made.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99

iPad

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Letter School

This app guides students through learning to write letters.  As students trace points to make the letters, the letters light up, spin and more to encourage engagement.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99 (a free version with less options is available)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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Writing Wizard

This app teaches students how to write letters, while also reinforcing their sounds.  A left-hand mode is available.  The app also provides diagnostic reports to parents.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99 (iTunes) or $3.99 (Google Play) (a free version is available on Google Play)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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DoodleBuddy

Allows students to use the device as a blank canvas for writing and practicing letter formation.

educational blog

free but contains in-app ads (ads can be disabled for $0.99)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Tap Typing

This app helps students master touch typing and improve their skills typing on tablets and other devices.  It provides them with shortcuts and hints for improving their use of a keyboard.

CommonSenseMedia

free (must pay for more samples and practice levels)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Burning Fingers

This game encourages players to type in displayed words quickly.  A car races across the screen to show the speed of typing.

educational blog

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices