Sunday, August 23, 2015

iBooks for the win

Traveling between schools is never fun. Last year I experimented with an iBook for a lesson that I was planning for 3rd grade. It was a relief not having to worry about packing the book up to lug from school to school, but what I wasn't prepared for was the student reaction. By projecting the book with the LCD projector all of the kids could the pictures easily. I saved so much time by not having to move them to another location or reading and then turning the book around to show the picture. There's always that one kid who swears he can't see the picture, right?

So if all of this wasn't enough to make me giddy, tonight I downloaded sky color by peter reynolds and there is an audio component to the book. With auto-page turning. So....

iBooks for the WIN!














This is my current roster of books. Some of them were a great savings, especially when you consider how pricey the hardcover books can be.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

First Day Lesson for Kindergarten




















We will read and discuss the book "Art Is" during the first kindergarten class this year. I love this book for many reasons. The balance of old and modern, the simple one-sentence-per-page text and the fun, questioning look at art it provides for students. Plus? Rhymes! I read this book to five different classes last year and every single time someone raised their hand to let me know the words rhymed. Gotta love kindergarten.

The lesson plan is available over on TpT if interested.