Are you as excited for St. Patrick’s Day as the creative First Grade Authors in Mrs. Willis’s class are?
|Students personalized the leprechaun character in their stories with Toontastic 3D|
Follow one leprechaun’s adventures in O’Neill as he searches for the pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Creative writing
- Oral reading fluency
- Story elements (setting, characters, beginning, middle, and end)
- Local community history and traditions (O’Neill St. Patrick’s Day Celebration)
- iPad skills
iPad apps utilized:
Our process included brainstorming ideas and writing the stories on paper with Mrs. Willis. When Mrs. Morrow worked with us on the iPads we created the setting and characters for our stories and recorded the animations with the Toontastic 3D app. Then each student created their own Book Creator project and designed their pages by adding the typed text of their story, their Toontastic animation, additional illustrations, and of course, their signature. Each student’s individual Book Creator pages were Airdropped to Mrs. Morrow’s iPad to be combined into one class book. Students brainstormed the facts for the ‘Did You Know?’ pages in between each of the leprechaun’s adventures. Finally, we filmed the conclusion for the book all together and added it to the last page of our Book Creator project.
So, how can you experience this creative story?
Luckily, you have three options.
1. If you have an iPad or a Mac, download the free iBooks app.
Use your Apple ID to download a free copy of the book and then read in iBooks.
*This is the most fully functional version of the product. You can swipe to turn the pages and click on the videos to play within the story.
|View in iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1216353000|
2. If you do not have an iPad, but have another type of digital device, you can “read” the whole story as a video on YouTube.
The video of the whole book is over 18 minutes long, but you can easily skip around to find your favorite parts.
*TIP: Be sure to watch the ending of the story, no matter what! It starts around 17:44
3. A final option would be to stop in the 1st Grade classroom and read the book there. We will have a printed version on paper (minus the student voices and videos) as well as being able to view on the school iPads.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from some amazingly creative iPad authors!