Arthur’s Teacher Trouble
Children’s story books are nothing new on the iPad. But Arthur’s Teacher Trouble by Wanderful is not your average storybook.
This particular story is about Arthur and his quest for spelling-bee champion. The story also includes the actual spelling list and animations, so your student can practice and learn the words along with Arthur.
Initially, you may not be amazed by the pixelated graphics or lack of bells and whistles, but what makes this storybook better than the more expensive ones is the parent and teacher resources buried within it (more on that below). The story itself read like any other. For beginner readers (or nonreaders) a voice reads the words aloud while they are highlighted on the screen. Animations of characters occur before or after the reading in order to avoid distracting the student.
In the settings, you can tweak how your student interacts with the story. Patience Mode allows the reader to continue to skip to the next page before the page is done being read or make them wait. This is helpful for those readers that play with the animations and then continue to the next page. Page Turn Swipes allows the page to be turned with a swiping motion or by tapping on the arrows to advance. Children with certain motor skill impairments might appreciate this attentiveness to detail. Hotposts turns on/off the interactivity of objects/characters on the page by simply tapping on them.
You want resources? How about 40 pages of resources ?! As an educator, this app provides you with lesson ideas based on reading level, grade level, and content areas. It even includes Common Core Standards! Each lesson idea includes what you need as far as handouts, cutouts, etc. All of these tailored to that story alone.
Parents will appreciate the tips that are offered on the Main Menu that include tips to reading the book and supporting your child’s reading adventure.
Simply put, your child will not just read a story. If the resources are put to good use by the teacher or parent, your child will use the story as a springboard to other learning opportunities.
How could students use this app?
- Be read to or read the book yourself.
- Learn new sight words by tapping on objects and characters on the screen.
How could teachers use this app?
- Assist beginning readers in their reading adventures.
- Develop lesson ideas tied to the Common Core Curriculum.