We had a great time on Scarecrow Day! We read an awesome story by Margaret Wise Brown called The Little Scarecrow Boy. This story is about a little boy who wants to scare crows just like his Dad. He learns to make very scary scarecrow faces and goes out to try to scare away some crows. We made our own version of the story. The children made six different pictures of scary scarecrow faces that they were able to slide through the scarecrow face and retell the story. I was so proud of these guys who sat down together to share their books with each other. They did a great job reading their books!
There were a lot of scary scarecrow faces. They worked very hard on their books!
We also learned about a new app on the iPad called Doodle Buddy. This is a really superb app that we will be using a great deal! The children experimented with the drawing tools to make scarecrows. I demonstrated the app using our new Promethean Board. I can attach the iPad to the board with a special cable and the screen is projected on the board. It was cute because the children didn’t initially understand that I was drawing the picture on the iPad and they thought that the board was drawing the picture! Eventually they caught on and then I had the students take over the demonstration!
We also did some scarecrow cooking. We made scarecrow faces and ate them up. The children decorated a rice cake using cream cheese as the “glue” to put the features on the rice cake. They used red pepper for the smile, a carrot for the nose, celery for the eyebrows, banana slices and craisins for the eyes, and alfalfa sprouts for the hair. Most of the children enjoyed this yummy treat or at least some parts of it! Many thanks to Carter B.’s mom for helping to supervise this activity!
We also made another scarecrow book, made some scarecrow art, and learned to do the scarecrow dance! (the chicken dance) It was fun to dress up for the day! We took lots of pictures to share with you! Lots of fun and lots of learning too!
This is our Augmented Reality Alphabet Book! We think it is very cool! We have been working with the AR Flashcards app a lot this year! This book is a compilation of a lot of work!
The children each choose a letter of the alphabet and then scoured the room looking for items that begin with their letter’s sound.
Once they had a good collection of items we arranged them around the trigger picture for that letter in the AR Flashcards app! Then we opened up the app and took the picture of their collections when the trigger was activated! Very cool!
Then we used the Strip Designer app to import the pictures to create a page for each alphabet letter. We wanted to make an alphabet book to share with the kindergarten class!
We made a variety of pages using these pictures. We made pages with the trigger picture and other pictures using Doodle Buddy as well as taking pictures of items in the classroom or the school! Once the students got started they wanted to make more than one!
Then we decided that we needed the label the objects in our pictures. We used the text function in Strip Designer to add the captions to our pictures.
Then we took all the pages and imported them into another app called Explain Everything!
After we had the book put together with all the pages we had to record our voices on each page. Each student recorded their page!
Once the book was complete we saved it to the camera roll!
Then we watched and listened to our book! Too cool!
I uploaded the book to my channel on Youtube so we can share it with everyone! We think we might have made the very first Augmented Reality alphabet book!
Here are a few more snowmen movies! Hope you enjoy them! All the snowmen movies can be found on the special page devoted to them! You can find the page at the top of this blog! There are still a few more to post and a couple that need a little tweaking! Watch for them!
I have created a new page on the blog to showcase our Snowman project! At the top of this blog you should find a new page called Snowman iPad Project Movies! This is where I hope to post all the movies we have created of our wonderful snowmen. I will try to get them all posted soon! Enjoy!
The snowmen project is one of my favorite projects. Thank you for making such wonderful snowmen as a starting point for our project!
This year we have turned our iPad project into movies of each book which we have uploaded to our Youtube channel. We hope you enjoy them!
The children used a variety of apps to create their project based on the wonderful snowmen they created with their families at home! We used a combination of Doodle Buddy, using the camera on the iPad, and Explain Everything to create our projects!
We have been having a lot of fun creating a lot of cool things on the iPads! We are working on an augmented reality alphabet book! Each of the students has chosen a letter of the alphabet and have collected a variety of things found in our classroom that begin with their letter. Then we put the collection together with the trigger picture from the AR Alphabet app. Once the trigger is activated we take the picture of the collection!
We are then taking the pictures and importing them into Strip Designer to create a page for our alphabet book!
The children are also creating a page with text using Strip Designer. The children are importing pictures they created using Doodle Buddy. AR Flashcards, and taking actual pictures using the iPads for their letter.
Some students created more than one page about their letter!
We can’t wait to share them with you! We are hoping to compile all the pages into a book with audio using the Explain Everything app! Stay tuned!
Last week we had a wonderful field trip to the vet clinic! We got a tour of the vet clinic and even got to listen to this dog’s heart beat!
This lovely dog let everyone listen to her heartbeat.
Sometimes two students at a time! So gentle!
This is the outfit you need to put on before you can take an x-ray of your pet! It was surprisingly heavy!
Looking at the x-rays of the animals was really interesting.
We even had one student get suited up for surgery! Can you guess who?
This teddy bear is laying on a special pad that keeps it warm during surgery!
When I asked the children to tell me their favorite part of the trip most of them said, “All of it!”
Last week the district set of iPads was delivered to our school and we have been having a great time creating books and pictures with them. We have also been practicing a variety of math and reading skills with some really neat apps.
Montesorri Words is a great app that works on spelling words. It begins with simple three and four letter words and progresses to more difficult words and crossword activities. After each correct answer the student is rewarded with an interesting animation. They love it!
We have also played Chicktionary. The students are given 8 letters and encouraged to see how many words they can create using the letters. You gain points for each word you find! We played this game with our Big Buddies on Friday! I think one group got 7200 points!
We also had some fun creating space pictures using Doodle Buddy!
Doodle Buddy is an awesome little app and we have also been using it and Strip Designer to make math stories! More on that next post! Here is a sneak peak!
We had some fun with this new app this week! It is called AR Flashcards Space. These cards are from the same company that made the Alphabet AR Flashcards. They are very cool! You need to print off the cards in color and then hold the device over the picture and the augmented reality image appears!
We have started a new theme about Space. So these cards are a fun place to start!
We also watched some of the videos Chris Hadfield made while he was at the Space Station! They are awesome! Ever wonder how astronauts sleep in space? Take a look!
My favorite is this one because I love chocolate cake!
We have been working with the Doodle Buddy app to work on some math concepts and story writing activities.
The children have been creating 100 stamp collections using the stamps. They had to choose 10 different stamps and create 10 sets of 10!
We also used the app to create one of the pages for our snowman books.
I finally broke down and bought the extra pages for the CoLAR app. Very glad I did!
This little guy is really cute! The children have to color him front and back and add his face details! It is amazing to see him pop up looking just like the drawing the children have just done!
We had a lot going on this week! We also had our first Skype call to the classroom! Will tell you more about that soon! Lots of fun!
We have been having fun using the Doodle Buddy app to draw Christmas trees. This is a fun app to use! The children are using the drawing tools, the stamp tools, and learning to use the text tool to add their names. We have been saving our pictures to the camera roll and we are planning to import them into another app to create a Christmas tree book!
These are just a few of the trees the students have created! They love to draw on the iPad and everyone is eagerly waiting for their turn!
We also made a Count up Christmas tree book today in between decorating gingerbread houses with our Big Buddies!
They had fun adding the funky cover to their booklets!
We have been having fun with our Christmas homework! I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this cool gingerbread house that came this week! See the light inside? I wish I had remembered to take pictures of all the other great things that came! We have had some really cool stuff! Angels, dancing gingerbread men, trains, stuffies, chocolates, books, and special ornaments to name just a few! It is so interesting to hear how everyone celebrates the holidays!
And then we made real gingerbread houses today!
Don’t they look great! Too yummy! I have to admit that I asked to taste some of the Chocolate Kisses!! Hope all the houses made it home in one piece!