iPads {Nursery Rhymes & Chatterpix App}

 

My Heart :)

My Heart 🙂

Last week was my birthday. The love the kids showed me was overwhelming. This is such an amazing bunch of kiddos and they make me smile everyday. The above paper is a song some of the kids write themselves, practiced at recess, and performed for me. I can’t even begin to say how cute this was- totally melted my heart!

In other news, we are also working on nursery rhymes during shared reading time. Each week we’ve been focusing on a different nursery rhyme, working hard on our literacy skill of the month: predicting. Of course we do a lot of other things too, like vocabulary, thinking maps, writing, etc.

One of the fun things we did the past week was with our iPads and the Chatterpix app.

Chatter Pix Kids

Chatter Pix Kids

This is probably one of my favorite apps and the possibilities of ways to use it are endless. Basically the app brings a picture to life. The kids can take a photo, record themselves, and the app makes the mouth of the picture you took move with your recording.

Here’s how we used it in reading.

We were working on the rhyme Humpty Dumpty. After a couple days working with the rhyme, we were ready to use this special app of record ourselves reciting it.

It started by me projecting a picture of Humpty Dumpty.

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

The kids used their iPads to take a picture of the photo I had projected.

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

This in itself is a big skill. As adults, we think taking a picture is simple- something we do all the time. For kids, it can be a little tricky. The iPad is big, holding it can be hard, and doing all this while focusing on a picture is tough. It’s a skill we need to practice and develop.

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

Taking a picture

After the kids had this picture on their iPads, we were ready to use the Chatterpix app. The first thing we did was import the picture we had just taken.

Finding the picture

Finding the picture

Then, the kids used their fingers to draw a line on the mouth of Humpty (This tells the app where to make the “mouth” move later on)

Recording

Making the mouth line

Making the Mouth Line

Making the Mouth Line

Next, the kids recorded themselves reciting the familiar rhyme.

 

Recording

Recording

Recording

Recording

The results are SOOOOOO amazing. I wish I could show you how awesome their videos turned out. After the kids record, it takes the picture of Humpty, make the mouth of the picture move, and it moves to the kids recording of the rhymes. It’s awesome! The kids love it and it’s such a fun way to remember the rhyme, practicing our speaking skills, and use technology.

We shared our projects with each other.

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

These kids are already using technology is some pretty amazing ways! Thanks for checking in on our adventure. Be sure to leave your comments, ideas, and questions below!

 

 

iPads {Science Sink & Float}

We are in the swing of things around here, each and every day jam packed with learning, laughing, and lovin’ first grade! My last post was about getting our iPads, so I figured I’d post a follow up on how it’s going.

iPads

iPads

Teaching with 1:1 iPads is such an amazing privilege. I love it and honestly, I can’t imagine not having them at this point. I get asked a lot how we use the iPads throughout the day and in different subject areas. Here’s a quick look into how you can use iPads in a science lesson- in a very SIMPLE, EASY way!

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

In science we are learning about things that sink and things that float.

Well…. really we are learning about how to be scientists and the scientific process {asking questions, making a hypothesis, doing an experiment, looking at results, and sharing with others} But what a fun way to practice these steps/qualities than putting them into action with sink/float experiments!

So, before we tested the above fruits and veggies, we used our iPads to complete a quick worksheet on our questions and hypothesis about which fruits and veggies would sink or float. We used the Handouts app.

Handouts

Handouts

Its a super simple app that allows me to send the kids something, have them work on it on their iPads, send it back to me, and allow me to see there work. Think of it as a digital “worksheet”.

After our predictions, it was time to experiment!

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

 

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

The kids loved this experiment! How fun!

After our experiment, we discussed the results together, relating them back to our predictions and initial questions. Then, my little scientists used their iPads to draw what happened in this experiment. Again, another quick and simple use of our iPads! Although simple, it’s also a great way for the kids to process what they just saw and what they just learned. It also allows me to see who understands what happened, who understand what sink means, and who understands what float means.

Drawings can show us so much as to what kids know, understand, and learned!

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

Drawings

This is just ONE way you can use iPads in science to check for understanding and make initial predictions.

Thanks for checking in on our adventure! Be sure to leave your comments, ideas, and questions below! We love to hear from you!

 

And It Begins…. iPads!

Good morning and happy Labor day! 🙂

I hope you are having a relaxing day and had a nice weekend.

 

Birthday girl!

Birthday girl!

 

This weekend was my niece’s first birthday. How cute is she!? I think the picture says it all, she loved her party, presents, and of course her cake 🙂

It’s Monday, which means most teachers out there are gearing up for school tomorrow. As I sit here thinking about the upcoming week, I know a large part of it will be focused on learning how to {safely} use our iPads.

iPads

iPads

My students and myself are lucky enough to be a 1:1 classroom, meaning that each of my students has an iPad to use in class and take home each night. Of course we take this process slowly, and last week we just started learning how to walk with our iPads correctly.

Walking

Walking

One of the rules we follow in class is holding our iPads with care. This means two hands and holding it close. We practice this by walking around the room with our iPads. The kids love it, plus its the first time they actually got their iPad!

Walking

Walking

We also practiced putting our iPads away in the charing cart. This seems simple, right? But just like anything in first grade, you need to practice practice, practice to form a routine! Right now, I help the students put their iPads in the cart, but eventually, the kids will be able to do this with no help at all.

Cart

Cart

You can see that at the top of the cart, there are numbers. This is great because each student has their own slot. But…. I quickly learned last year that a number at the top doesn’t really help my kiddos find the right spot {it is quite tricky to find the right slot below}. So…..

Labels

Labels

Last year I realized labeled the bottom of the slot also helps! This year, I also color coordinated the charging cable to match their number color. Those cords are often tangled and hard to match. I’m hoping the color cord will help this year!

Bar Graphs

Before I sign out for the day, one of the other things I wanted to share that we’ve been doing is bar graphs. Our first math unit covers counting to 120 and graphs/data. We are tackling bar graphs first, making our own to really discover what a bar graph is….

Bar graph

Bar graph

We answered the question: Which food do you like best? Their choices were pizza, ice cream, hot dogs, and tacos. The kids each got a post-it and made their vote.

Graphs

Graphs

The kids loved putting up their post-its. After, we talked about how this information is called “data”. We can use the data to answer questions.

Graphs

Graphs

So what was the winner? Pizza 🙂

 

Have a fabulous rest of your Labor day and I hope you are all rested up and ready for a great week ahead. Thanks for checking into our adventure!