• Teaches grammatically correct sentence building.
MadLibs (free)
  • Reinforce grammar skills with this app.
Vocabulary Apps ($.99)

  • Features links to apps for 4-6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & SAT
Shake A Phrase ($1.99)
see video below
  • Interactive app to learn the parts of speech with 1700+ age
    appropriate vocabulary words.
  • Three modes-
    • Shake It: creates a new random sentence every time you shake - great for discovering new words.
      Not sure what a word means? Just tap for definitions!
    • Story Starter: shake up the beginning of a story and let your imagination take over.
    • Quiz Me: test your skills with adjectives, verbs and nouns.Tap on the right words to get points.
Grammar: Contractions ($.99)
  • This app helps students practice, gain self confidence,
    and pronounce the top 50 contractions in the English language.
Bluster (free) 2nd - 4th grades
  • Shine bright in single-player mode as you learn and
    practice important word skills. Match rhyming words,
    prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more.
  • Collaborate with a friend in team mode.
    The multi-touch iPad screen allows both players to play
    simultaneously, so you can work together to weather the vocabulary storm.
Words Synonyms and Antonyms ($.99)
  • interactive app will help you master common synonyms and
    antonyms in the English language. Synonyms & Antonyms
    gives you a word and three possible solutions -- your task is
    to choose the correct synonyms or antonyms for the choices.
Shake and Spell (free) elementary
  • This is like the game Boggle. Shake the letters and make
    as many words as possible.
Words Homonyms ($.99)
  • Homonyms gives you a sentence and the possible homonym(s)
    that can be used to complete the sentence correctly --
    your task is to choose the correct homonym.
Grammar Express: Tenses ($4.99)
  • Over 100 Pages of Grammar Lessons.
  • Over 1000 examples with Grammar Rules.
  • Over 1000 Test Questions with Explanation.
Grammar Up ($4.99)*
  • Grammar Up is a multiple choice quiz system for English
    which provides over 1800 questions across 20 grammar categories.
  • Grammar Up can help learners to improve their grammar,
    word selection and vocabulary.


Make your own flashcards! Create a keynote presentation (or powerpoint) with very few words on a slide. You might try a presentation of vocabulary words. Put the definition on the first slide and the word on the second slide. Repeat this pattern. Save the presentation then export it out as images (File/Export). Save them into iPhoto into a vocabulary album. When you sync your iPad, choose the album called Vocabulary. These will appear in your photos app on your iPad. Students see the definition then try to guess the word. They can flip the page to see the answer.
Keynote presentations can be saved for a wide variety of reasons: math problems, questions & answers over science or social studies materials, to introduce a unit, to show how to write haiku or other poetry, on and on and on!
Mr. Coley, a former fifth grade teacher, has created many sets of flashcards that are available for download. If these do not happen to match your curriculum, at least you'll have some ideas for making your own flashcards.