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By Sarah Pliske • September 25, 2013

Unpacking the Common Core: Best Middle School Apps

As promised, we’ve come back this month with a new list of the 9 best middle school apps educators teaching the Common Core can’t live without!

These 9 middle school apps scored highly on all dimensions of our rubric criteria. Additionally, based on student engagement and achievement data from within the eSpark app, these 9 apps consistently receive positive student ratings and demonstrate academic rigor.

Unpacking the Common Core: Best Middle School Apps

1. 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

Developer: Justin Holladay

Price: Free

Grades: 5th

Skills: Exponents, radicals, algebra (varying levels), trigonometry, geometry

Benefits: Utilizes gyromotion

2. Sail Through Math

Sail Through Math

Developer: McGraw-Hill School Education Group

Price: $1.99

Grades: 6th – 8th

Skills: Math facts, algebra, number sense, rational numbers

Benefits: Fun, very engaging, intuitive, Progressively more challenging

3. ThUMP Ultimate PreCalculus Algebra

ThUMP Ultimate PreCalculus Algebra

Developer: Mathtoons

Price: $1.99

Grades: 6th – 7th

Skills: Higher-order thinking, Multi-step problem solving

Benefits: Well aligned, Fun interface and graphics

4. Thinking Blocks Ratios

Thinking Blocks Ratios

Developer: Math Playground

Price: Free

Grades: 6th – 7th

Skills: Word problems

Benefits: Addresses multiple learning styles, Feedback

5. Middle School Math HD

Middle School Math HD

Developer: Interactive Elementary

Price: $2.99

Grades: 6th – 7th

Skills: Variety of Math Topics

Benefits: Well-aligned, especially for hard-to-find standards (e.g. coordinate planes), Funny characters and sound effects

6. Chicken Coop Fraction Games

Chicken Coop Fraction Games

Developer: Lumpty Learning

Price: Free

Grades: 7th

Skills: Fraction and decimal equivalents

Benefits: Challenging skill, very targeted, Fun game

7. Frankie for Kids

Frankie for Kids - Frankenstein interactive book

Developer: Yellow+Blue Digital Content

Price: $4.99

Grades: 8th

Skills: CCSS Exemplar text

Benefits: Classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Beautiful graphics and visuals

8. Wild Dolphins

Wild Dolphins

Developer: Polymash Inc.

Price: Free

Grades: 6th

Skills: Informational Text

Benefits: Rich in interactivity and multimedia

9. Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

Developer: Electric Eggplant

Price: $2.99

Grades: 6th–7th

Skills: Relevant topic

Benefits: Socio-emotional learning, Graphic novel format

This is just a small taste of the apps we’ve found and incorporated into our eSpark curriculum. We find relevant apps for each student in your classroom—not just for each grade level and Common Core standard. Our goal is to take the burden of this app search off of administrators and teachers by curating a library of the best educational apps for the iPad. Along with this relevant, student centered curriculum, we also provide our district partners with understandable, actionable data, streamlined easy iPad setup, and expert teacher coaching and support.


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