March 27, 2013 · 8:45 pm
We made these Boo-Boo Bunnies today! They were a big hit! The bunnies were intended to be the “puppet” to act our the story map we were creating today. However the children seemed to like them so much that the bunnies basically seemed to turn up at everything we did today!
We made a story map about the Margaret Wise Brown story called Home for a Bunny. This story is in one of the anthologies that we are currently reading so the children looked at both versions and compared them. Then they put together the story map and sequenced the story. Take a look at some of the story maps.
Love all that detail! The sign says “Home”!
This one has the bunny on the road trying to find a home!
This one even has the underground burrow for the home. If you look closely there is a room with a table and two chairs!
We made rabbit reports last week! The children had to sort the rabbit facts into four different categories! We made the project into a rabbit report!
We made rabbit poems yesterday. We brainstormed what real rabbits could do and what the Easter bunny could do and then the children compiled their favourite ideas into the bunny poem! Take a look!
Now we are waiting for the Easter Bunny to come! We have our baskets ready!
Hoppity, hop, hop!
March 14, 2013 · 9:30 pm
One of the final projects we worked on with the iPads was a math book. The children used a combination of apps to create their math books. They really loved this project and worked on it for a long time very happily! I found the beginning of the idea on a neat website called Journey with an iPad by Kate Lechleiter. She had a post about using Doodle Buddy and ten frames to represent numbers. She took a picture of the ten frame and used it as a background on Doodle Buddy. Then the children used the stamps to represent numbers.
I thought that I would like to see the children take this idea and create addition stories with it. I took a picture of a ten frame on each iPad so that it was in the camera roll. The children then used that picture as their background and used the stamp feature in Doodle Buddy to create their own addition stories. Then they recorded the addition stories underneath them.
Then we took our stories and imported them into Strip Designer to create our math books. They turned out great! The children had such a good time creating them that they wanted to make even bigger stories. So I took pictures of two ten frames together so that the students who wanted a bigger challenge could create even bigger stories.
The children made up to four or five pages of addition stories in Strip Designer. I discovered that I could save the work as a PDF file and save it in iBooks. Then I was able to email it to myself and then forward on a copy of the book to their homes! I also printed off a hard copy of the book. It is in black and white. I like the digital version better!
The last day with the iPads we decided to create an alphabet book with the iPads. We used a combination of photographs of things in the classroom. pictures of the children, and drawings done in Doodle Buddy. We took these images from the camera roll and imported them into Strip Designer to create our pages.
We have the whole alphabet done! They turned out great! I am hoping to collate them into a Photostory which I will upload to a cloud so everyone can download a copy!
Yesterday, the iPads were picked up. We decided to use them until they came to pick them up! I let the children choose to work with any app that they wanted to for the last time. We had some student teachers visiting and it was fun to see the children sharing their favourite apps with these teachers. I know the teachers were impressed with how comfortable they were navigating around the various apps creating their last projects.
We really loved our iPad project!
March 10, 2013 · 8:42 pm
We celebrated our iPad project on Friday. This is our celebration cake! The children seemed to really like it!
We had a great time sharing our projects during our Open House. I know the children were really proud of their projects and loved sharing them with their parents! I will begin to email some of the projects to you soon! Watch for them this week!
I will also post the Photostory about our project and send out the link so you can watch it at home.
Here are some of the snowmen the parents made! The children did a great job showing their parents how to use Doodle Buddy to draw a snowman and label it. The parents and the children did a great job, don’t you think?
In the afternoon, we found a really neat new app that we have not tried before called Sparkle Music! The children really enjoyed working with it.
We will miss the iPads! We were lucky to have them! They are too much fun!
March 5, 2013 · 8:15 pm
Last week I discovered a new app that we had not worked with before on the iPads. It is called Strip Designer and lets the students create their own stories in a comic book style. I wish I had found it sooner! We have been having a lot of fun with it. It has a lot of potential for storytelling.
If I had more time with the iPads I can think of some really cool projects we could do! Take a look at what we have managed to do in just a few sessions.
The children have become masters at navigating around to create their masterpieces. They jump from app to app, importing files from the camera roll, recording their voices, etc with ease. Things that I would have really hesitated about introducing don’t even faze them! They find things that they can do and teach me and their classmates as we go! Today we were playing with the Strip Designer app and they were showing me how to do things! “Oh, you just do this, Mrs. Anton!”
The children created these comics with Doodle Buddy, made screen shots of their work, and then imported them from the camera roll into the comic format. They choose a balloon style and added the text to the balloon. Then they can add the Word stamps to accentuate their work. Needless to say a very popular app! If we had more time I think I would like to create multiple page comics.
The first day with this app we used just the pictures that were on the camera roll to tell a story! That worked great too!
Last Friday we did a story map. We read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett and then the children retold the story by creating a story map. They seemed to really enjoy putting it all together. I think they especially liked licking the envelope , sealing it, and then cutting it open at the end to make the secret compartment for the animals to disappear into behind the mitten picture! Hopefully, they shared it with you.
We also worked on Kid Blog during our computer time. We have been running into some glitches adding the pictures so it hasn’t worked as smoothly as I had hoped. Today we managed to get some posts up with pictures! We had some really great help from three of our Big Buddies. Thank you, Courtlynd, Emily, and Karli! We couldn’t have got in done in half an hour without you! You can find the new posts on the Kid Blog page at the top of this page. Please remember that the blogs are password protected. Your child knows their secret password! If you don’t see a new post for today, we probably had some problem with the picture. I am working on it! The children can also post from home if you like! Or you can add a comment! Please take a minute to review the procedure on the Kid Blog page. The posts are previewed by me before they go “live” ! The website sends me an email whenever there is a post or comment that needed to be previewed. I have to go into each one to approve them so it is a bit time consuming…. Thank you for your patience!
I have also added some new links on the WIKI page. There are some more links for Dolch word practise. Take a look! The ever popular Word Bingo is there! The Popcorn words are fun, too!