Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fun with the Snowman Project!

We have been working hard creating our Snowman books on the iPad!  We have the first few finished projects to share with you!  We hope you enjoy reading and viewing them as much as we have enjoyed creating them!

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The initial sparks for the projects are the amazing snowmen that were created at home by the students with their families!

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They are fabulous!   To set the stage, we read the story The Snowman by Lois Elbert.  It is a great story about how a family saves up a variety of materials to decorate their snowmen.

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I sent home the template with the children and several weeks later these wonderful  snowmen returned to our classroom!

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Then we started to compile a book on the iPads about the snowmen.  The first page of the book contains a photograph taken on the iPad of their snowmen.

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The children opened a project on the app Explain Everything and imported the picture of their snowman from the camera roll.  Then they added the title and their name using the text feature.

The children created an additional four pages to their books.

On one page. they had to draw a snowman and then label the snowman using the text feature.

We made one page about what they thought their snowman might like to eat.  They had to draw the plate with the items on the plate and label it once again.

The new feature to our snowmen books this year is on the fourth page!  It is a new favorite of mine!  The Explain Everything app allows you to record every stroke you make as you draw it and narrate your drawing as you build your picture.  I thought it would be interesting to have the children describe or teach how to build a snowman.  I think you will really enjoy them.  I know I can’t watch them without smiling!

The last page is, of course, about the author!  The children had to draw a picture of themselves and then add a few sentences about themselves.

The final step was to create a script for the first page describing the snowman.  The children had to complete a few sentences describing their snowman and their favorite parts of the project!

Then we had to have the children record their script on the first page of their book as well as adding a comment or reading their work on each of the pages of their book.  Then we saved the book to the camera roll as a video within the Explain Everything app.  Love, love, love this app!

Then I was able to upload the video on the camera roll to Youtube and import it into the blog so that you can see it.  I think I will also create a QR code for the video when we have completed them.  You know you have a group of students who love technology when they ask you to turn everything into a QR code!

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100 Day Fun!

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We celebrated our 100th Day of school last week!  Take a look at this yummy cake!  Thank you to Owen’s family for the cake! To celebrate our 100th day of school we did a variety of activities that focused on 100.  We read 100 stories together!  The children got together as partners and in some cases groups of three and read stories to each other.  Each time they read a little book or story they had to write the title down on a post-it note and sign their names.  Then we put them up on a chart.  We actually read 104 stories!

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It was lots of fun to watch them reading so many stories!

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 I think they had lots of fun reading together!

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We also made 100 day necklaces out of fruit loops!  Yummy!

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We also made 100 trail mix!

The children counted out 10 of each type of fun food and sorted them on their 100 day place mat.

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Then they ate them up!

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We worked with our buddies to create our 100 year old stories!  I found an app called the Aging Booth that takes a picture and ages the person in the picture by 100 years.  I wish you could have heard the giggles when we shared the pictures.  The Big Buddies came and helped the students complete the activity about when they were 100 years old.  IMG_1558

 Can you guess who these handsome gentlemen are?

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We used the app to age our big buddies as well!  Then we shared our 100 cupcakes with our buddies!  Thank you to Kalem’s family for the 100 little cupcakes.  They even had the numbers 1 to 100 on them!

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 That’s a lot of cupcakes!

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More Fun with Augmented Reality Dinosaur Movies!

Here are a few more of our dinosaur books!  I am very impressed with these books as the children used a few different apps to create them.  They were actually “app-smashing”!  When you use a variety of different apps to create your projects and put them together to create something entirely new it is called app smashing!

They took the pictures they created using the Walking with Dinosaurs app and imported them into the My Story app.   This is a multi-step process!  First, they have to take the picture in Walking with Dinosaurs which involved choosing their dinosaur, resizing it to fit the picture, choosing what they wanted their dinosaur to do and then taking the picture!

Then they had to save it to the camera roll, open My Story, choose to import a picture, find their picture in the camera roll, import it into the page, re-size the picture to fit the page, and then add the text to match the picture.   Then they repeated the steps for four more pages!

Then they added text and recorded their voices reading their stories!

Very proud of my Grade Ones!

After they were finished I saved their story as a movie and uploaded it to Youtube.

Then I loaded the URRL code into this blog post and voila!  Augmented reality dinosaur stories!  Enjoy!

More stories coming your way soon!

 

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