Saturday, May 12, 2012

Skill-Building Apps for Challenged Readers

With summer nearly upon us, there are some students and their parents who may be searching for good apps to improve in the following reading skill areas:

• Focusing
• Word-attack skills
• Fluency
• Tracking
• Comprehension
• Retention

We thought this would be an ideal time to provide our readers with apps for these specific skill areas. That way, over the summer break, students (and others) might be able to “brush up on” areas of weakness so that they will be improved by the time the new fall term begins. Here, then, is our list of APPS for the above reading skills:

Reading Skills Apps

Reading Remedies This app is like having shelves of assessment books and binders of "go to activities" in your pocket or at your fingertips. This is a great site for reading teachers or parents of struggling readers.

FREE Word Attack App for Android
Improve your vocabulary while having fun with this improved variation of the word-search game genre. No rules. Words appear in any location in any order. Find the words based on the given hints. Installs on external SD card for Froyo.

Word-Attack Apps for iPhone, iPad
Good apps for improving a reader’s word-attack skills (some FREE)

Top 12 Reading Comprehension Apps
(from Reading Rockets) Apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness (through ant¬onyms, synonyms, and homophones), as well as several mind mapping apps (some FREE).

There’s a Special App for That – Part 7: Apps That Support Literacy Instruction Part 7 of “There’s A Special App For That” series on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps for students with special needs. (Scroll past chart with 7 building blocks of literacy to access Part 7’s apps.)

For more information: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

Clip art courtesy of: by: lizsantiago07


  1. Thank you for posting this list of apps! We are supposed to be getting some Android tablets so I have been trying to collect a list of apps to use with them. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Lori,

    Many thanks for your great comment here! We do try our best to post good resources and links to help readers who are struggling--and for their teachers and parents.

    Just in case you did not yet see our other related article on Android apps, I am including here the URL for it: Hope you find this helpful as well!

    Happy Reading, Lori!

  3. Thank you so much, Joan, for including your other article! Sounds like just what I need!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. Lori,

    You are most welcome! Glad to help. All the best of SUCCESS with your young readers!