Click HERE or on the picture above to open to My StoryMaker.
This Web 2.0 educational tool is a great way to introduce the youngest students just learning to read and write to digital storytelling. Early literacy skills can be developed as children see their ideas emerge as sentences related to the onscreen images they create.
Click on the tutorial video to the right to learn how to use this really cool online program!
Click on the image to the left to navigate to a sample story. Just type in VGM560 to open this storybook.
Character Scrapbook: Use this fun interactive activity to analyze characters in any book and create scrapbook pages that you can print.
Learning Objectives: While participating in the Character Scrapbook project, students become proficient with several standards-based skills.
Discuss and identify different types of character traits for characters in a fiction or nonfiction book
Generate lists of traits about a specific character in a book that the class or student is reading
Create a scrapbook featuring a personalized image and character traits of the character.
The interactive "Character Scrapbook" is an engaging way to form a deeper understanding of a book's characters. It works with almost any fiction or nonfiction book, and can be used individually or as a whole class.
On one side of the scrapbook, students can create an image of the character, including animal characters, by simply clicking or dragging the mouse to create features.
Students can also print a blank version to draw a character from scratch (Check with your teacher about this option).
On the other side of the scrapbook, students need to identify and list important character traits by using the arrows to click through various themes such as "Ten Challenges [the character] Faced" and "Ten Words That Describe [the character]" and typing in details about the characters they chose.
Click on the image above to navigate to this site. The page will open within a separate tab in your web browser. Have fun!
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