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Marco Polo Weather, by Marco Polo Learning, has been a hit with my students! They love seeing what commotion will happen when they change the temperature. Uh oh, watch out when it is snowing and the character is in a swimsuit. This is a great way for kids to visually see what happens with different weather conditions and especially what the difference in temperature makes.

IMG_1907Pick from three different characters to create nine weather types. Explore three mini games and watch kids giggle as the weather scenes change before their eyes. There is a mini tutorial at the beginning pointing out the differences in wind choices, weather options, and temperature ranges. Trying each weather type brings a pleasant voice explaining the weather in simple terms. The characters all react in ways according to their appropriateness of dress and accessories. A wonderful app to introduce kids to the, what will I wear today scenario, as weather along with seasons change.

Kids can toggle between night and day to further expand on what they learn. There are lots of interactive features with animals to move and puddles to splash. This is a FAB app to play with your child or use as a station in a classroom or as a whole group setting. Have a snowball fight without even getting wet! The app is available in six different languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Russian, allowing for older children to learn weather vocabulary in another language. This app is free with theextreme weather pack being offered for $1.99

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Through self-directed discovery, children are exposed to early skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), focusing on the following concepts:

•Observe and describe different weather conditions including temperature, cloud cover, and precipitation
•Identify ways in which weather affects daily routines, such as dress and activities
•Determine how weather affects the natural landscape
•Learn about the water cycle and how clouds are formed

About the Author

AnnFrancisAnn Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad. Visit Ann at iPadBrainology and on twitter @ipadbrainolgy

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