Third Grade Minecraft Animal Habitat Reports using Explain Everything

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The third graders recently finished creating their Minecraft Animal Habitats. They began this project by doing inquiry based research to learn about an animal’s habitat, then designed a habitat for the animal in Minecraft. They then took screenshots of their habitats and then used the Explain Everything app to record a report where they told about their habitat.  Here are some of the reports which they created. (Note: This was the students’ first time using Explain Everything, and not all reports are completed yet. A few have recording errors and need to be recorded again. We will try to finish/correct them and publish them in another post, if possible.)

Here are some of the reports which have been published:

 

One Word Challenge using the Phonto App

  
What is one word that best represents your goal for the new year? Fourth graders used the Phonto app to combine their ONE WORD with a selfie and an explanation of why they chose that word. Here is a gallery showing their ONE WORDS – click on the image to see a larger image with all the text showing. (If any pictures are missing, they may not have been saved and downloaded into Dropbox correctly – let Miss Bosch know, we may be able to find them!)

The four parts of this project were:

  • Open the Phonto app and take a selfie
  • Type in your ONE WORD and format it so it is large and stands out.
  • Type in your explanation of why you picked that word and format it so it is smaller but easy to read.
  • Save your picture and upload it to Dropbox

Here is the video tutorial that showed the 4 parts of the project. Students watched the video, pausing it  to do each step:

Here is a link to Mrs. Requard’s video which I showed at the beginning of class with the ONE WORDS created by the 4th and 5th graders of North Star Elementary School in Arizona:

One Word Resolutions for 2016

We loved their projects and they gave us great inspiration for our projects!

Phonto currently is a free app that gives great options for adding formatted text onto pictures. (Note: it does have banner ads in the app.)

The Angels Speak – by the Second Graders


The second graders certainly created a “heavenly host” of angels! These lovely videos were created on iPads using the Drawing Pad and ChatterPix Kids apps. Students drew a picture of a person who was present at Christmas, then wrote and recorded what the person saw in first person voice. This was the first time I did this project using these apps and am very proud of the students’ work! (More videos are being posted at the blog for other Christmas story people in separate posts.)

Nathan’s video is spoken in Dutch!

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

 

 

 

Shepherds and Wisemen Speak – by the Second Graders

Here are the shepherd and wiseman videos. These amazing videos were created on iPads using the Drawing Pad and ChatterPix Kids apps. Students drew a picture of a person who was present at Christmas, then wrote and recorded what the person saw in first person voice. This was the first time I did this project using these apps and am very proud of the students’ work! (More videos are being posted at the blog for other Christmas story people in separate posts.)

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

 

Joseph Speaks – by the Second Graders

Here are the Joseph videos. These great videos were created on iPads using the Drawing Pad and ChatterPix Kids apps. Students drew a picture of a person who was present at Christmas, then wrote and recorded what the person saw in first person voice. This was the first time I did this project using these apps and am very proud of the students’ work! (More videos are being posted at the blog for other Christmas story people in separate posts.)

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

 

Mary Speaks – by the Second Graders

These lovely videos were created on iPads using the Drawing Pad and ChatterPix Kids apps. Students drew a picture of a person who was present at Christmas, then wrote and recorded what the person saw in first person voice. This was the first time I did this project using these apps and am very proud of the students’ work! (More videos are being posted at the blog for other Christmas story people in separate posts.)

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

 

Oh Merry Christmas Trees from the 1st Graders


The first graders recently made some beautiful Christmas trees using KidPix software. (You can see samples of a few of them above.)The goal of this lesson was to challenge the first grade students to follow multiple directions independently to create a Christmas tree. Students used several drawing and fill tools, stamps, and learned to change colors on their text while working on this project.

We hope you enjoy this video showing off all their beautiful trees!

 

Bethlehem Eyewitness Portraits using Drawing Pad


This week the second grade students began making portraits of the people who were at in Bethlehem when Jesus was born using the Drawing Pad app. Stay tuned, next week we are going to turn in their pictures into talking animations where they share the Christmas story!




  
  
  

Giving Thanks with the Write About This app


On Wednesday, the second-grade students used Write About This app to tell about some of the things that they are thankful for. We used one of the photo prompts that are included in the app to write this story. This activity was a good opportunity for students to practice typing using the iPad keyboard and learn about using some of the special keys on the keyboard. The students wrote some very thought expressions of their thanks to God.

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One of the great features about this app is that it lets students make an audio recording of themselves reading their stories! This is such a great way for them to work on their reading fluency skills! Here are a couple of examples of stories with the audio attached – click on them to listen!

When students finished recording their story, they were able to choose another picture prompt  and worked on a second story.

Write About This is one of my favorite apps for encouraging young learners to develop their writing and reading fluency skills. If you are looking for a way to encourage your child to write creatively or to improve their oral reading skills, this is the one you want!  There is a lite version which will let you test out the app. The full version is currently $3.99 in the US iTunes store.

Write About This

Write About This Free

 

Creating A Digital Tattoo with the SketchbookX app

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This year we used the term “digital tattoo” rather than digital footprint when talking about cyber safety issues with the 5th graders. I wanted to emphasize that whatever you do on the internet is permanent just like a tattoo – it is hard to make it go away. To emphasize the point, students created a drawing of their hand and arm and created their own digital tattoo to represent how they would like people to recognize them from the things they do online.

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Students viewed a video tutorial that I created that outlined the steps for tracing their hand and then adding drawings for their tattoo using an iPad. (NOTE: I did discover that many students struggled with getting the hand traced properly without any gaps so the paint bucket fill tool would work. I ended up going around the room and helping many of the students trace their hands. Maybe next time we might photograph their hand and wrist and then do our drawing over top of the photo!) We used the free Sketchbook X app to do this project. Here is the tutorial:

Not everyone was able to complete their drawings during class. Here are a few examples, I will try to add more as they become available!

A few students were able to post their tattoo into our Edmodo community where we have been practicing our digital citizenship while discussing our Christian faith. Here are a few examples and their explanations of their tattoos:

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The fifth graders have done a great job putting their faith and digital citizenship into action over the past few weeks while using Edmodo and I am proud of their work!