Grade Level: all
Skill Level: Easy/Beginners level
App Store: Songify is free!
Common Core Standards: Reading Standards: Foundational Skills K-5 (phonics, phonological awareness), Reading Standards for Information Text and Literature (K-5)
Put songify into the hands of children and creativity is bound to take over. Songify is a simple app that I would put into the category of creative apps. You simply press a button and talk into the iPod. Then press… Songify. The app turns your spoken word into a hip-hop sounding song. Kids love this! But how could you make this app academic? How would turning your spoken word into a song meet the learning standards?
The answer to that question is limitless! You could have students create a song based on a phonics skill they just learned. For example, my students just learned how the sound /ar/ is spelled. My students made a song that simply says, “a-r, says /ar/.” You could also create a song of your students doing a simple summary of a story. They could explain the character traits of the main character in the story. They could describe the setting. They could summarize the steps in the water cycle. You get the idea.
Why, you ask? Because it is engaging and fun. This app allows you to turn a mundane phonics lesson into a hip hop song. I ask, why not?