5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 - 10 using apps and mobile devices

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5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 - 10 using apps and mobile devices

  1. 1. 5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 – 10 using apps and mobile devices Kim Ashmore, Director and Co-Founder, LearnAhead Ltd © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  2. 2. 5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 – 10 usingapps and mobile devicesIn this presentation you will find five ideas forteaching numbers 1 – 10 using apps and mobiledevices. The ideas are aimed at the efl/esl younglearner classroom – in this case mostly the very younglearner classroom – but the ideas could be adaptedfor other contexts.1. Number flashcards2. Learning to count from 1 - 103. Number songs4. Learn to spell numbers 1- 105. Simple maths apps 2 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  3. 3. 1. Number flashcardsFlashcards can be a useful way to teachnumbers, and some apps let you – or yourlearners – make your own. An example of this App: Kids Learning – My Firstis Kids Learning – My First Numbers Counting Numbers Counting GameGame. The free app (and free of adverts too) Platform: iOShas simple flashcards of Cost: Freeapples, balls, bears, fingers andnumbers, which you can customise (fontsize, colour, capitalisation). The best thingabout the app is that children (or teachers) canmake their own flashcards using photos andtheir own voice recordings – it would be greatto get young learners to make their own set ofnumber flashcards. These personalised cardscould then be used for different activities, withor without audio or text. You choose! 3 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  4. 4. 2. Learn to count from 1 - 10As well as flashcards, there are several game-based apps thatcan help young children learn the numbers 1-10 in English. Hereare three examples, all paid-for and aimed at pre-schoolers.They could work well with slightly older children who arelearning numbers as a foreign or additional language. All ofthese apps could be used with an IWB and the whole class – theteacher getting the children to shout out the numbers in Englishas they play the games.App: 1 – 10 Balloons In this simple game learners pop the balloonsPlatform: iOS (iPad only) in order from one to ten. It helps childrenCost: £0.69/$0.99 order numbers, and as each balloon is a different colour, it could be used to practise colours too (“What balloon shall I pop next? What colour is it?”) 4 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  5. 5. 1. Learn to count from 1 - 10 This is another simple app based on the game ‘Snap’. In this game, children have to decide if the two cards they see match – for example, the number 4 and four butterflies. If they do, they hit the ‘Snap’ button. There is also a scoring functionality which some children will find motivating.App: Number Snap! /Kids Number SnapPlatform: iOS /AndroidCost: £0.69/$0.99/£0.72 5 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  6. 6. 1. Learn to count from 1 - 10 This app is based around a colourful underwater scene – children say how many fish they can see in the sea, and can add or remove fish to the scene, a neat introduction to simple addition and subtraction. What’s more, children can practise numbers 1- 10 in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese and Italian.App: Learn to count with WombiPlatform: iOS /AndroidCost: £1.99/$2.99/£1.39 6 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  7. 7. 3. Number songsThere are many children’s songs and rhymes that help children learn tocount, and there are some available on apps that would be suitable for veryyoung learners. The animation helps children to understand the context ofthe song (even if they don’t understand every word), and children can learnthe song, to sing at any time. Five Little Speckled Frogs has extra featureswhich make it particularly useful in the young learner classroom: thebugmaker, and a recording facility so that your own voice can be added tothe song. Use the bugmaker with the whole class – get them to suggestobjects, colours and body parts using as much English as they can. Notethat this is not the most intuitive app to use so it would be a good idea topractise yourself first.App: Five Little Speckled FrogsPlatform: iOSCost: £0.69/$0.99 7 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  8. 8. 3. Number songsHere are two suggestions for two more number songs:App: Five Little Monkeys App: Five Sharks SwimmingPlatform: iOS/Android Platform: iOSCost: £0.69/$0.99/£0.62 Cost: £1.99 8 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  9. 9. 4. Learn to spell numbers 1 - 10App: Word CarrotPlatform: iOSCost: FreeWord Carrot helps young learners of any age practise the numbers 1-10, inparticular how to spell them. Learners see the number, hear the word, andthen touch the right letters to spell it. Basic words are free, and there is noadvertising. Teachers could use the app with an ipad connected to anIWB, or recommend it to parents for outside-school practice. Here is aworksheet that you can download to use in or outside the classroom topractise numbers.Numbers 1-10 Worksheet 9 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  10. 10. 5. Simple maths appsAnother way to practise numbers is through maths. There are many mathsapps on the market, most of them using higher numbers than 1 to 10. Hereare two which feature lower numbers, and introduce learners to basicmaths and number concepts.App: Park MathPlatform: iOSCost: £1.49/$1.99Children join animals in thepark and can try sevenactivities to practise countingand also concepts such asaddition, subtraction, patternsand so on. 10 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  11. 11. 5. Simple maths appsApp: Love to Count by Pirate TrioPlatform: iOSCost: £2.49/$3.99This app is a little more expensive but has a lot of activities, and introducesconcepts such as the relationship between numbers and ordinals, andsimple fractions. There are lots of different activities – all within the contextof the pirate ship – and children are rewarded as they complete activities.Do you have any more ideas? Share them at:http://wordcarrot.com/5-ideas-for-teaching-numbers-1-10-using-apps-and-mobile-devices/ 11 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead

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