Google has acquired one of my favorite storytelling apps and it is now FREE (was $9.99) If you don’t already own this app grab it and get those kids creating. Listed below are a few posts I have made previously about the app and you can read about the announcement here.
Toontastic and MLK
Toontastic App 101
Toontastic Storytelling App
Reposting this from last year because we are doing it again in my classroom this week!
found this great idea on Pinterest (here)
The best part of this activity is letting the kids paint their own hand. I did something similar last year when making turkeys (here) and the kids were able to handle it very well without any major issues. So far they are doing great again this year.
I wish I could take credit for at least part of this but I can’t. We have amazing volunteers at our school! They helped each kid trace their hand and cut out those handprints for the tree leaves. Looks amazing!
I got the idea for this lesson from the Math Pickle website. The video there talks about helping the kids recognize the patterns present in many stories and of course Brown Bear is an obvious one to start with. I took the original Powerpoint and changed it some so that it works exactly with the story (see below.) In addition I created small images to represent each page of the book (also below). I had my students cut out those pictures and then glue them in the correct order on a sentence strip. After that they wrote the correct color word under each image and for a challenge my higher kids tried to write the animal names above each image. Please note that the PDF is designed to be cut into four different strips (4 kids can use one page.)
Another idea I had that I will be trying next year is using the iPad for the kids to practice sequencing and retelling the story. One idea is to use the educreations app . I copied the images of the characters from the Powerpoint and added them to my iPad. Then I loaded them into educreations and had my son retell the story.