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.
3rd graders have been learning about the water cycle in science classes. They are just starting to use Google Slides and Google Classroom, so I assigned a project to create an animated slideshow showing what they’ve learned. First we reviewed the phases of the water cycle by visiting the Earthguide animated, interactive illustration website. I then modeled how to create an animated slide of their own in Google Slides. Click here to see the steps that I followed. Both of these links were attached to the assignment in Google Classroom so the students would be able to refer back to them if they needed to. Also in Classroom I attached a blank Google Slide to the assignment and selected “make a copy for each student” so they’d each have a file to work on. Students then followed the same steps to create their own presentation. Click here for Student A sample. Click here for Student B sample.
Students have been learning about the features of non-fiction text and they have been researching animals. This was a great opportunity to have them share their learning by creating slideshows and share them with the class. Each student created their own Google Slideshow including at least one slide. They added at least one picture of the animal that they’ve researched and they were asked to add a caption and a headline. The students are learning to log into their own Google accounts on their Chromebooks, so we could use Google Classroom to create the assignment. The teacher added the assignment to her Classroom and included a template slide for the students to work on. When they opened the assignment the copy of the document was ready for them to edit. As the students finished, they clicked “Turn In” and the teacher was able to combine all of the slides into one large presentation. For more details about this project, click here. Here are some student samples: Student A, Student B, Student C