Grade 2Maintained by:
Laurie Stock
Thomas S. O'Connell Elementary School
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I was able to share the iPad with parents during parent teacher/conferences. I was also able to share a list of apps that are being used in the classroom with some of the parents who have iPads at home. The students love Cimo Spelling Sound Out and Cimo Spelling Sight Words. It is the current classroom favorite! One of the best features is that you can choose levels for both sight words and phonics skills.

Cimo Spelling - Sight -- $2.99

Cimo Spelling Sight Words has 6 levels.

Level 1 - Kindergarten
Level 2 - Grade 1
Level 3 - Grade 2
Level 4 - Grade 3 (some of our Grade 2 words)
Level 5 - Variety of High Frequency words (Kindergarten-Grade 3 mixed)
Level 6 -Challenge (Variety with extra letters to choose from)

Cimo Spelling - Sound Out -- $2.99

The (Sound Out) Cimo Spelling app is set up the same way, only the focus is on phonics skills.

Level 1 - Short Vowels
Level 2 - Long Vowels (some CVCe and some CVVC)
Level 3 - Bossy R's
Level 4 - Other Vowel teams
Level 5 - Irregular Vowels
Level 6- Challenge

For both apps, Levels 1-5 only puts out the letters that are needed to spell the word being asked. The students have to drag the letters into the correct position to spell the words correctly. Level 6 puts out additional letters than are not needed to spell the words being asked. The students have to determine which letters are needed and put those letters in the correct order. Some letters will not be used.

The pronunciation is very clear and accurate. The students are asked "spell ......." As the student touched each letter the app says the letter. Once the student has placed the letters in the spaces provided, the program states the word again and then highlights each letter as it spells the word and the sounds it out. Example: "Spell mood," the student places all of the letters, they hear "mood, m - o - o - d , m/ oo / d , mood. If they are incorrect they get a second try,if you enable this mode. Example: "Spell fine" - the student spells it fien. The student sees and hears - "fine - f - i and then the chunk of ice that the e and the n were on, would fall into the water. The f and i would remain where the student had correctly put them and they would hear, "Try again -fine."

Unfortunately you can only receive data on a student for what occurred during a single use. There is not a way that I can find to chart student progress over time within the app.

The students love this app. and so do I. It is great for differentiation and practice of skills previously taught. It is extremely motivating for working with words. I love that the students beg to play it, and that they receive good visual and auditory experiences while physically manipulating the letters to make words.