Hello! I am back! After a much needed 4 week school holiday. Shooowee but did I need that break! If you were also “breaking hard” I hope you had a great one. If you are only going to break up now, good luck for the end of term! This lesson I did at the end of last term but really struggled to get my IT department to send me it! They wont give the password to open the iPad boxes..Grrr. So enjoy
Lesson: Create a story using picture prompts
CAPS: Tells a story that has a beginning middle and end and Role plays different situation
Thinking Skills: Listening with understanding and empathy / Flow map
Time: 2 x 1 hour
Would I do it again? Yes!
Last term we had a few visitors from the Apple office in the UK come and see how we are getting on with our iPads. I have been wanting to do this lesson for some time after I saw the App on a mommy blog. I am not a mommy, but these ladies have done more research on things than most PhD students.
The app Drawnimal is actually a pre-school app that although fun, is not really that versatile in the school setting considering it’s a paid for App. I’m pretty sure most schools require some justification for paid for Apps. We do. But the fact that this is one of the few Apps that can include gross and fine motor interaction, well, I had the justification in the bag. And I made a plan to make this Grade 2 appropriate.
Introduction: In a circle discuss Listening with Understanding and Empathy. How when telling a story we need to hear what the person said before us, so as to make the story follow a logical and meaningful story. Then have fun making a little story where each girl gets to add a sentence to the story. Somehow we got stuck on the extremity of weather in Joburg. Sigh.
Step 1: Explain how to use the App (easy peasy, it has step by step instructions)
Step 2: Go outside, get out the chalk and start drawing your Alphabet Drawnimals.
Step 3: Take photo’s of your completed artworks
Step 4: Use Explain Everything to make a group story using the characters from the Drawnimal App.
We had a jol. It worked really well. I highly recommend it but maybe limiting the characters used. The stories can’t really boring and long with all the characters.