November 17, 2012 by tabithaj
I am finishing my first unit with kindergarten. Hooray! It’s been a long time. The children have loved the Jan Thomas study we’ve been doing though. They love her work. It’s so engaging, bright and entertaining. Kindergarten loved that sometimes her books made them do silly things and some of the characters show up in multiple books and sometimes they could find patterns! We also had a chance to sing a lullaby with the brave cowboy. They also love that Jan Thomas and Mem Fox worked together to make Let’s Count Goats because they have studied Mem Fox as well.
I wanted to give the students a chance to display their knowledge of Jan Thomas’ books. I thought about using SonicPics, a recording app with the ability to show pictures. In the end, I decided that the best tool to show their learning was a combination of the ShowMe app and Pic Collage.
First, we had a discussion about how to take pictures using the iPads. We practiced taking pictures.
- Be as steady as possible.
- Ask a friend for help. (Sometimes their hands are too small to hold the iPad and take the picture at the same time.)
- Make sure you see everything you want in the picture on your screen.
The next library the children worked with their partners to decided which book to use and what pictures to take. They took the pictures and organized them in Pic Collage. They had to keep in mind the order and sizing of the pictures.
The third library class was used to show them how to use the ShowMe app and let them record their thinking. I demonstrated using another kindergarten PicCollage pointing out the tools they would be using. In the smallest K class I have, I let the children spread out across the library to record. I realized that wouldn’t be as easy with the larger classes…they have 7 more children, so I asked their teachers to assist.
Here are some of the results:
More to come next week!
Have a great Thanksgiving!