Tuesday, March 18, 2014

First Graders Begin Working On An Oak Hills Alphabet Book!!

For many years, I have been purchasing alphabet books published by Sleeping Bear Press for our library. This series does wonderful things with the traditional ABC book! Each book provides readers with pictures and words around a single topic - national parks, states and the holidays. First graders were captivated by V is for Viking - A Minnesota Alphabet! B is for Bundt Pan and Boundry Waters, D is for Duluth, and L is for Lakes, to name just a few.

After reading several of the books from the series, first graders were excited to begin planning a new eBook entitled O is for Oak Hills Elementary, A First Grade Alphabet! We gathered pictures from around our school, one for each letter of the alphabet. We took a few of the pictures together and the rest I took before and after school and shared with students! 

For next week's lesson, I will compile the images into a Google document and published the document to the web ("publishing to the web" an option found under the File drop down menu of Google docs). Once I have the link, I can chirp the link to my students.  For those of you who may not be familiar with the Chirp App, it is a fabulous iPod app for sharing links and images using sound!  It is especially great for sharing with young iPad users!  Once students have saved the images to their cameral roll, they will be adding photos to the Haiku Deck app and adding their text! Look for a future post about our 1st grade Alphabet eBook!!