Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wrapping up Appy-Picking Month: Topia World Builder

Topia World Builder is a quiet, gentle nature simulation...except for the subtle animals-eating-each-other thing.  This app has beautiful graphics and interactivity allowing you to create and populate worlds with pretend "animals," then observe what happens.  Touch to create, raise, sink or flatten land and you have an engaging way to teach the key vocabulary/category of geographic features: mountain ranges, valleys, rivers, oceans, harbors, capes, you name it!  Depending on which animals you put where, understated effects will visually show you predator-prey relationships, as well as breeding.

Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

PHEW- Appy-Picking Month was fun but a bit tiring! I hope that you found what I intended here- a wide variety of apps that can be repurposed to meet speech and language goals while engaging our students.  

I am going to be taking a few weeks off, so see you after ASHA!

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