Kidspiration provides a cross-curricular
visual workspace for K-5 learners. Students use
visual tools combining pictures, text, numbers and
spoken words to develop vocabulary, word
recognition, comprehension, reasoning and problem
Kidspiration works the way students think
and learn and the way teachers teach. As students
make visual connections, they build fundamental
skills in reading, writing, math, science and social
studies. Kidspiration offers activities in all
curriculum areas, so students use visual
learning naturally and confidently.
Develop Strong Thinking Skills
With Kidspiration, students use graphic
organizers to express thoughts and explore ideas and
relationships. They create graphic organizers
including webs, concept maps and Venn diagrams to
clarify thoughts, organize information, apply new
knowledge and build critical thinking skills.
3,000+ symbols in
Kidspiration's Symbol Library provide visual
support for concepts taught in K-5 language
arts, social studies and science. Students can
also import symbols from other sources.
Symbol Search helps
students search and find just the right symbols
to express their thoughts and ideas.
The Link tool connects
ideas and shows relationships.
Kidspiration activities and projects. Students
and teachers can hyperlink to web pages from
symbols, notes and links.
SuperGrouper® supports students as they sort,
group and classify objects and ideas. A favorite
for students and teachers alike, SuperGrouper
containers are used to synthesize and analyze
Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills
With Kidspiration, students create,
organize and explain ideas and information visually.
They develop stories and descriptions using engaging
visual tools and explore new ideas with thought webs
and maps. Using Kidspiration, students combine
pictures, text and audio to develop comprehension,
organize ideas and create stories.
and Writing Views connect
students' visual thoughts with written
expression in a single click. In Picture View,
students develop thought webs and other graphic
organizers. In Writing View, they expand their
ideas into written expression. As they
visualize, plan and organize, students build
essential skills and confidence in reading and
between Picture View and Writing View links
images with written expression. When students
click from Picture View to Writing View, they
see symbols from their graphic organizers,
reinforcing the connection between words and
symbols and words to build and
strengthen literacy. Emerging readers and early
learners use Kidspiration symbols and graphic
organizers to communicate stories they've heard
and ideas they develop. Older students use
symbols to explain more complex ideas, show
relationships and demonstrate understanding.
Guide supports vocabulary and
reading comprehension with easy access to nearly
13,000 words. It includes sight vocabulary from
the Dolch and Fry word lists and aligns with
TESL vocabulary to support ELL and ESL students.
Each entry includes definitions, recorded speech
for pronunciation, synonyms and antonyms, parts
of speech and sample sentences. Word Guide pairs
1,400 words with images to enhance word
recognition and comprehension.
Audio support includes
longer recording time to encourage students to
express and document their ideas. Teachers enjoy
greater flexibility when recording instructions
and comments. For ESL and ELL learners, teachers
can record instructions in native languages to
enhance student understanding. With the Listen
tool, students can hear any text read aloud,
strengthening word recognition and
and writing activities support
phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, word
recognition and comprehension as they build
students' writing and literacy skills.
One-click transfer to
word processors lets students easily export
their work to applications such as
Microsoft®Word, Scholastic Keys® and
Appleworks® to expand upon projects and
Build Conceptual Understanding in Math
Kidspiration extends the proven principles
of visual learning to mathematics with visual math
tools. Combining the hands-on learning power of
manipulatives with all the added benefits of
computer interactivity, Kidspiration's math tools
help K-5 learners grasp essential and sometimes
challenging math concepts.Visual Math Tools
Kidspiration's five visual math tools focus on the
core conceptual foundations of counting, place
value, computation and geometric thinking.
Kidspiration Color Tiles
Students use Kidspiration Color Tiles to count and
compare, explore properties of number and
operations, and develop computation strategies. With
Kidspiration Color Tiles, students learn to solve
area and perimeter problems and model number
patterns and the four basic operations.
Kidspiration Pattern Blocks™
Students use Kidspiration Pattern Blocks to
investigate the properties and attributes of shapes
through composition and decomposition. They produce
patterns and tessellations, explore similarity and
congruence, experiment with symmetry and represent
Pattern blocks are
moveable, stackable geometric shapes with side
lengths and angles that snap together
automatically. It's easy for students to make
shapes and patterns. With Kidspiration Pattern
Blocks, students build a foundation for spatial
reasoning as they focus on concepts rather than
the details of re-sizing or alignment.
With the Rotate tool,
students experiment with rotating shapes and
explore how different shapes stack and fit
Using a line displays and
reinforces the concept of symmetry.
Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks™
Students use Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks to
understand place value and strengthen number sense.
With Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks, they count,
compare, group, partition and create equivalent
representations of whole numbers and decimals.
Kidspiration Base Ten Blocks also introduce students
to procedures for operations on multi-digit numbers.
Kidspiration Base Ten
Blocks are units of ones, tens, hundreds and
thousands. Students "make and break" blocks to
compose and decompose multi-digit numbers.
The Place Value Mat
provides a visual structure for students to
compare, order and generate equivalent
representations of numbers. This visual
framework helps students understand procedures
such as carrying and borrowing.
Kidspiration Fraction Tiles™
Students use Kidspiration Fraction Tiles to compare
and order fractions and to understand equivalent
fractions. They find common denominators, translate
between improper fractions and mixed numbers, and
model basic operations with fractions.
Tiles are stackable, pre-sized rectangles in
fractions from 1 to 1/12.
Tiles can snap together
automatically to help students compare fraction
values, build wholes and see the concept of
Fraction labels turn on
and off to meet activity requirements.
Kidspiration Fraction Boxes™
Students use Kidspiration Fraction Boxes to
represent fractions visually to build a strong
conceptual foundation for future work with
fractions. Students compare, order, simplify and
find equivalent fractions. They use Kidspiration
Fraction Boxes to model basic operations with like
and unlike denominators. Kidspiration Fraction Boxes
also introduce students to improper fractions, mixed
numbers and representing word problems.
Boxes are a dynamic fraction building tool using
denominators up to 36. To build fractions,
students set the number of parts and use colors
and patterns to represent "parts of a whole"
clearly. Students align boxes to model numbers
greater than one and to compare fractions.
denominators with a simple click to find
equivalent fractions and identify common
Students move tiles within
the fraction box or to another box with a
compatible denominator to show equivalency.
With the Subtraction tool,
learners represent subtraction operations
visually and logically.
The right features and functions make
Kidspiration math tools easy to use
SuperGrouper™ helps students count, sort and
show operations visually. Teachers and students
label Math SuperGroupers as a conceptual
building block for word problems.
Math Text Boxes document
math operations using words, numbers and
structured frames. The Math Text Box supports
writing fractions, division problems and
vertical math notations.
The Step Workspace shows
progression of work with a sequential work area
to document steps while problem-solving.
The Cross-Out Stamp gives
students a visual indicator to use when they
mark, take away or remove items.
- Multiple pages in a document streamline
Educator Developed Resources Support Curriculum Integration
Kidspiration includes curriculum content,
teacher tools and standards-aligned lesson plans in
language arts, math, science and social studies
developed specifically for grades K-5, along with
150+ activity templates.
Tutorials provide a fast,
effective way to introduce teachers to visual
learning with Kidspiration so they're successful
from the start.
Teacher Resources Online
provides additional lesson plans and
Easy Navigation and Simple Operations Support Every K-5 Learner
Sophisticated technology makes
Kidspiration's capabilities easy and barrier-free
for K-5 learners. Kidspiration's visual workspace
invites students to explore, think and create
naturally, intuitively and independently.
A Talking Interface
supports each toolbar function with clear audio,
so students who are emerging readers can
navigate easily and fluidly.
Pop-up menus for symbol
libraries, fonts and text sizes are easily
accessed making the selection of the perfect
image and font a fast and easy task.
higher resolution monitors with a larger visual
workspace (1024 x 768 resolution) and is
compatible with Windows® Vista®.
Teacher Options Keep Students Focused on
When creating or modifying templates,
teachers have options to keep student learning on
- Lock items in places so students won’t
accidentally move or delete necessary symbols or
SuperGrouper shapes in a design activity.
- Limit symbol libraries by making only
specific libraries available for a project.
- Add instructions that only appear in
Picture View allowing students to work in Writing
View without the transfer of nonessential
Password-protected controls on the Teacher
menu prevent students from changing teacher
Support for ELL and ESL Students
For ELL and ESL learners in grades K-5,
vocabulary building is critical for reading and
writing proficiency, the core of academic success.
Kidspiration uses proven visual learning strategies
to build students' vocabulary and English
comprehension with the integrated Picture and
Writing Views, the Word Guide, longer audio
recording capacity and expanded symbol search and
libraries. ELL and ESL students will also benefit
from Kidspiration's emphasis on developing and using
independent strategies such as pictorial
representation of thoughts and concepts, and sight
vocabulary lists in Word Guide which align with
Fry's Instant Word List, Dolch Word List and TESL
Kidspiration Keeps Up with the Latest Technology
Kidspiration now supports
higher-resolution monitors with a larger visual
workspace and is compatible with Windows Vista.
Shape and handwriting recognition in Kidspiration
make it possible to sketch symbols and links as well
as write text directly on whiteboards such as
Promethean® ACTIV boards® and SMART
Technologies SMART Boards™. Toolbars may be moved to
the bottom of the screen for easy access by all