Reading Comprehension Camp

Reading Comprehension Camp is a multi-purpose app specifically designed to encourage language growth and reading comprehension. With multiple levels, 50 stories, and the ability to create personal stories this comprehensive
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About Reading Comprehension Camp
Having been featured on both iTunes educational “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists, Reading Comprehension Camp has quickly become a highly sought after app for any parent, educator or therapist who is serious about improving the reading
comprehension skills of their children or students.
Reading Comprehension Camp is a multi-purpose app specifically designed to encourage language growth and reading comprehension. With multiple levels, 50 stories, 11 diverse questions associated with each story and the ability to create personal stories this comprehensive app is perfect for students struggling with comprehension.

Parents

Reinforcing your child’s learning experiences at home has never been so fun with 50 engaging and entertaining stories.  Almost all of the stories have a lesson to teach which can make for a great discussion with your child. A built-in hint feature reinforces your child to look back at the text when they are struggling with questions.

 
Teachers & Therapists

The in-app data collection makes this app for progress monitoring in Response to Intervention (RTI) or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Teachers, Reading Specialists, and Speech-Language Pathologists will love the customization, the graphed data, and the skills targeted. Students will love the engaging stories, creative art work, and the virtual awards that can be earned.
50 Fun and Engaging Stories with Breathtakingly
Beautiful Illustrations

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5 levels of difficulty
10 stories per a level

With five (5) levels of stories available there are stories for most readers. Level 1 is designed for early eaders (2nd & 3rd grade); while level 5, with a Flesch-Kincaid readability level of 6-7 grades, is designed for older students.
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Professional dynamic readings of each story

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Built in microphone for
recording the student

Students can record their own voice reading the story and play it back, in order to self monitor fluency, intonation, and inflection.
Use the built-in recording of the stories to work on auditory comprehension, or as a model of good intonation and inflection.

 
 
 
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Every story contains 11 types of questions
for a total of 550 questions
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The quiz contains an optional “hint” button
Encourage your students to look back in the text, or provide additional scaffolding for the reader who is struggling with comprehension.

…and the ability to cross out or take
away incorrect choices when wrong

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You can even create your own stories!

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creating stories:

Need to encourage language skills in addition to reading comprehension? No problem! Reading Comprehension Camp allows the student to create his or her own stories. Students can create stories using Reading Comprehension Camp pictures or by importing their own pictures off the iPad. When creating their stories, the students will need to create a title, select a level, name the author, and generate quiz questions (and answers). Students will type and narrate the story and quiz questions. These stories will show on the bookshelf with the in the app story area.

Awards
When using the app as a single player and attempting all questions the student is awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their level of success within the quiz.

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Customization
Reading Comprehension Camp is highly customizable. Two settings tabs allow for customization of both the stories and the quizzes.

The stories

– Show awards/medals earned for each story
– Hide story tab
– Display story tab
– Select stories by level
– Create custom stories
The quizzes

– Number of answer choices
– Allow for hints (highlight area to look for answer)
– Display story art for referencing
– Allow for the quiz to be read aloud
– Selection of question type

Data Collection
Reading Comprehension Camp is compatible with The Therapy Report Center so data is easily managed. Within the app itself, a student report card is generated after every session. In the report card, a bar graph is shown to allow an easy-to-read visual of the student’s progress. In addition, a narrative report is provided showing the type of questions attempted, results correct/incorrect, and percentage correct. These report cards can be exported to the Therapy Report Center, printed, or emailed. In addition, the students are awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their level of success within the quizzes. These medals are displayed on the book covers for easy identification of stories that have been completed.
Reading Comprehension Camp allows for easy back up to iTunes. Backing up to iTunes ensures no data is lost. In addition, it ensures the students self-created stories are kept safe. No more lost information due to data dumps or new devices.
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How to Play

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Players may be imported into Reading Comprehension Camp from the Therapy Report Center (a timesaving free app) via the “Import from TRC” button or entered on the Readers’ page by selecting the “Add Reader” button.

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After creating at least one player, select the reader(s) you want for the story by tapping on their picture; a green check mark appears in the bottom right corner of each selected player. After, selecting at least one player (you may select up to four), press the “choose stories in the top right corner.

 
Tap on the the story to select it. Tap on a level along the bottom to only display stories within that level. Make an upward swiping motion to scroll down to see more stories that can be selected.
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When the story is selected the screen opens with a picture and text. Within the story the adult can customize each story. For the auditory learner it is possible to increase the picture size and decrease font size; for the older student or reader the picture size can be decreased while the text size increases. n addition, within each story is a record button which allows the student to record themselves to help with reading fluency and selfawareness.

 
Each story has an associated quiz to check for comprehension. Within the quiz, there are 11 types of uestions available. The adult can determine if all questions will be asked, or select a certain type of question. The question types available include: who, what, where, when, why, how, inferences, cause & effect, compare & contrast, sequencing, and vocabulary & context clues. Each quiz allows the student to “check” his or her answer. If the answer is correct, a soft chime is heard. If the answer is incorrect, the wrong answer is eliminated or crossed out. Finally, the adult is able to choose which student is answering a question at any given time. Therefore; if a group of students is working on the quiz, they can take turns answering the questions or answer the same question repeatedly until it is answered correctly.
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Deleting or Editing a Player

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From the player menu tap on the green circle in the top right corner of the student that you wish to edit or delete: a popup menu with the student’s info appears. Select “delete” to delete; to make changes tap on the name or picture select “done” when you are finished making changes.

Video Tutorial
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Purpose
The purpose of Reading Comprehension Camp is to encourage both auditory and reading comprehension. In addition, by targeting story creation, the app allows for expansion of expressive language, sequencing, and narratives. These skills are critical to reading and language arts success in education. Reading Comprehension Camp allows students to explore these critical skills in an engaging way while using technology. Early monitoring of comprehension encourages students to self-advocate, ask for clarification, and use appropriate strategies for resolving problems1.
Allowing the student to create their own stories can have many benefits. The student may demonstrate comprehension by re-creating the story using their own words. The student may choose to create a sequel to the story using his or her own experiences. By making the story relevant, the skills he or she is learning are enhanced2.
In addition to progress monitoring for RTI and IEPs, Reading Comprehension Camp explores many of the Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature and Reading Foundational Skills. By incorporating the ability create stories, the Common Core standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language are also covered3.
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Sources
1. Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/3479/
2. Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/professionals/dyslexia-school/reading-comprehension
3. Common Core State Standards Initiative: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy
Features
– 50 built in stories
– 5 levels of difficulty
– 550 built-in questions
– 11 types of questions — who, what, where, when, how, why, compare and contrast, inferencing, sequencing, context clues /vocabulary, cause and effect
– All stories contain higher level thinking questions
– Multiplayer capabilities— up to 4 students can work on the same story at the same time
– Students can record themselves reading the story
– The option to check answers immediately
– A built in hint feature — encourages students to go back and look at the text
– Award system— students earn medals as they master each story
– Detailed data tracking

 

Reviews

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“There are so many redeeming qualities about Reading Comprehension Camp that my head is spinning just thinking about where to begin! For one thing, you can chose up to four players to participate in the quiz portion that follows each story. There’s even a link for you to create your own story using a personal picture image! Another fine feature is the “Hint” button…”
http://teacherswithapps.com/reading-comprehension-camp-another-dynamic-new-app-from-smartyears/

 
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“Why your kid won’t be able to put it down: The stories are gender neutral and cover topics which would generally be within most students’ frame of reference. They are not expected to comprehend things with which they are largely unfamiliar. Students reading below grade level do not feel a stigma as level identification can be hidden. The set up lends itself well to working with a reading buddy, which makes the process more fun and promotes peer interaction. There is a hint button that highlights the specific portion of the text in which an answer is found.”
https://www.appolearning.com/app_reviews/1098-reading-comprehension-camp

 
“The stories that were picked for Reading Comprehension Camp are what make this app really useful. The passages are diverse and entertaining for students. I really liked that many stories had a lesson to teach. Understanding the lesson of a story is a VERY difficult skill for my language impaired students so these passages provided great opportunities to practice this skill, while the quizzes with multiple choice responses afforded students with some success.”
http://www.peachyspeech.com/2013/03/18/reading-comprehensioncamp-app-review/
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“Happy Camper” Reviews: (quotes from my students) “It was helpful to have it highlight the part of the story that had the answer.” “The story was easy to read, but some of the questions were hard for me. I guess I need to work on this.” “It’s easier to read when the letters are in big print.” “That girl in Movie Drama was so rude!” “I can’t believe how clueless the dad was (in Wise Beyond His Years) His kid should be embarrassed!” “Cool, Mrs. Kesting! Where’s the marshmallows and cocoa!” “Why are the avatar dudes so weird–I want the one with the square purple hair.” “Can we play this again tomorrow?”
http://speechsnacks.com/2013/03/reading-comprehension-camp-happy-campersapp-review/
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