I love to make learning fun but sometimes it is just plain hard to teach a let's face it a not so interesting topic like the dewey decimal system. So I decided to use beanie babies. I had several just sitting around my house from my own children and I had some donated. I decided hey these might be really useful to teach kids about non-fiction. So we took a picture of the beanie by themselves, one of them with the student and one reading a book about themselves. The students did some research about their animal using the destiny app to find their book about their animal and had to come up with 3 interesting facts . They put the pictures in an imovie presentation recorded their 3 facts and then used an app called Chatterkid to create a talking animal describing where they would find them on the shelf. It was a great activity to get kids to find the book and get a better understanding of non-fiction. Scroll down to the bottom to see our finished projects! Apps we used for this project
We have been studying one of my newest favorite book characters "Pete the Cat". Pete is a big hit among the young students and he even has some groovy tunes to go along with his books. Take a listen Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" Song
Here are some of my kindergartners creating their own groovy glasses on pictures of themselves using draw free
This year we decided to move "i love to read month " to march. I always try to decorate the media center with a fun theme for the month. This year it was Dr. Seuss loves to Read. I filled some bags up with stickers, bools, erasers, pencils, bookmarks etc. The students had the opportunity to answer trivia questions each week and then put their name in for a weekly drawing to get a goody bag. The kids loved it and it was a great way to celebrate the month and fun as well. Some of my past themes have included pirates, carnival, Theatre/Award theme, western, Chinese New Year etc. Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites and the kids too I'm sure.