In science, 1st graders have been learning all about the life cycles of various animals. They have seen their caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies, they are watching their tadpoles as they morph into frogs, and they are anxiously awaiting the first cracks of their chicken eggs. Throughout the year, these students have used the Draw and Tell app on their iPads and are very comfortable with the tools and how the program works. We decided to have them work with a partner to create a video demonstrating the life cycle of a chosen animal. Their teacher and I modeled how to work together with a partner, taking turns and changing roles for each portion of the video. Partner one drew a picture of the first phase, then partner two recorded an audio narration describing the process. They traded roles for each phase of the cycle. Once they completed each phase, they combined all parts into one video and saved it to the camera roll. They were then able to AirDrop the video to their teacher’s iPad, who will then create an iMovie combining all of the students’ creations into one movie. They will be showcasing this work when parents come to visit the classroom. Click here to view our final movie.
Kindergarteners used iPads to practice their sight words. They opened a QR Code reader app to scan codes placed around the room. Each code brought them to an animated video of that sight word (for a sample video click here). Once a video was watched the student recorded that word on a recording sheet to keep track of their work and to practice writing the words. You can access our recording sheet here. The QR code cards were created in Google Slides. You can access them here.
This was used as a center activity and completed over time. The sight words were rotated or changed each week to keep the activity fresh and interesting.
The Draw and Tell iPad app is great for students to use when telling stories and illustrating their ideas. They can use stickers, crayons, pencils or paintbrushes on a variety of backgrounds to draw and write. They can then record their own voices to narrate their story. Multiple pictures can be combined together to create a longer video and then it can be saved to the camera roll. This app can be used for a multitude of activities.
In math we had the students demonstrate all of the different ways you can make 10. They took a picture of their 10-frame handout and saved it to the camera roll. They used that photo as the background and used the crayons to draw dots on the 10-frame. They made two or three different images using different colored crayons and wrote out their number sentences. Once finished they narrated their story to explain how they got 10. After AirDropping their video to their teacher’s iPad, the class gathered around the Smart Board to view their work. For more details about this lesson, click here.
1st Grade students used the Popplet app on their iPads to describe the character traits of a chosen storybook character. Their teacher modeled the activity by mirroring an iPad to the Smart Board with AirServer. Students then used the Camera app to take a picture of their character and saved it to the camera roll. They created a Popplet (a graphic organizer) which showed the traits of that character by importing the photo and typing in the traits. The Popplets were saved to the camera roll and the students used AirPlay and AirDrop to send it to the teacher’s iPad. Prior to beginning this lesson, students spent time learning how to use the app and they created Popplets all about themselves. This gave them the opportunity to have fun learning the tools and exploring character traits to prepare for the project. Click here for more details about this project.