Content Area Presentation: Language Arts

Lesson Created By: Randi Lembke

Lesson: Insects all Around Us; An eBook Enhanced Lesson

Introduction: An eBook enhanced lesson to be utilized in the kindergarten classroom. Students will explore insects around them and share their observations with others in the form of an eBook.

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Objectives: Students will:

  • Take 3 or more pictures of insects they find outside.
  • Insert pictures into the My Story application on iPad.
  • Type at least one sentence about the insect.
  • Label at least one part of the insect or picture.
  • Record audio of the sentence(s) they typed.

MN Standard Addressed:    
Science

  • 0.1.1.2.1-Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomenon and compare one’s observations and descriptions with this of others.
  •  0.4.1.1.1-Observe and compare plants and animals.
  • 0.4.1.1.2-Identify the external parts of a variety of plants and animals including humans.

MN Standard Addressed:    
Language Arts

  • 0.3.0.1-Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • 0.3.0.3-Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • 0.6.2.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to composing informative/explanatory texts.
  •  0.6.6.6-With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Relative Advantage: By utilizing eBooks, students will be able to share their observations with their peers in an entertaining way. Students will also be able to practice language arts skills (writing and speaking) in one activity. Observations will be captured for a larger audience (families and peers).

Timeline: Activities in this lesson were designed to be completed in four sessions. Sessions are approximately 30-60 minutes in length, depending on the level of familiarity with the My Story application.

Materials:

  • iPad2 or New iPad
  • My Story Application
  • Access to ePubBud site
  • Insect eBook
  • Interactive white board or projector

Grouping Strategies:    

  • Activity 1: Students will view the Insect eBook as a whole group using an interactive white board or projector.
  • Activity 2: Students will take pictures of their insects individually, unless there is not an iPad for each student. Students could work in partners or small  groups if needed.
  • Activity 3: Students will complete the eBook on their own, unless they are working with partners or small groups.
  • Activity 4: Students will view others’ eBooks either individually or in small groups, based on the numbers of iPads available.

Learning Activities:  

Activity 1: Introduction to eBook Activity

  • Introduction: View Insect eBook
  • Discussion: Have a whole group discussion about what students noticed in the eBook. This may include:
    • Which insects did you see?
    • What was said about the insects?
    • What did you notice about the pages?
    • Which labels did you see?
  • Exploration: Explain that students will be making their own eBooks. Give a short tutorial on how to utilize My Story. Include the following points:
    •  How to open My Story
    •  How to start a new book
    •  How to name the book
    •  How to draw, write, and erase
    •  How to insert a picture
    •  How to type the text
    •  How to record the audio
  • Share: Have groups share their feelings about this project. They can ask questions about how to complete the different tasks required as wells as share what they plan on doing with their eBook. Give them time to practice each of the above skills by creating a ‘test’ eBook.

Activity 2: Insect Hunt  

  • Introduction: Begin by viewing the pictures used in the Insect eBook.
  • Discussion: Discuss the pictures that were used. Were the insects small or big in the picture? Were the pictures clear or blurry? How do you think you take a                         clear picture?
  • Instruction: Show students how to take a picture with their iPad. This will include:
    • How to open the camera application
    • How to steady the iPad
    • How to take a picture
    • What to do if it is blurry
    • How to carry iPad outside
  • Activity: Students will walk around the designated area outside and take at least three pictures. They can have the pictures be about one insect, or several. Observe and assist students during this process. If students may have a hard time taking pictures with an iPad, cameras may be used. Pictures could then be emailed to the iPads.

Activity 3: Create Your eBook

  • Introduction/Discussion: Open the My Story application and ask if there are any initial questions. If students seem generally comfortable with the application, have them start inserting their pictures and creating their books. If students are new to the                    application, you may need to give them an extra day to complete this part of the project. When they are finished, the teacher will email the eBook to ePubBud and publish it. Then, the teacher will need to either download the files to iPads, or create links to the books for students to view.

Activity 4: View eBooks

  • Have all of the eBooks moved to iBooks before this lesson. Then, allow students to view each others books. A short introduction on how to open, navigate, and close the eBooks, may be needed.
  • Encourage students to compliment others after viewing their eBook. They can also share something they learned.

Assessment:   

  • Activity 1: Teacher observation of My Story practice (note if more practice time will be needed) The tasks needed are:
    • How to open My Story
    • How to start a new book
    • How to name the book
    • How to draw, write, and erase
    •  How to insert a picture
    •  How to type the text
    • How to record the audio
  • Activity 2: Teacher observation: Did student capture at least three pictures?

  • Activity 3: Checklist of required elements:
    • 3 or more pictures of insects
    • At least one sentence per page
    • At least one label per page
    • Recorded audio of sentence(s)
  • Activity 4: Teacher observation of students’ participation

Adaptations: An interpreter may be needed for ELL learners or those with hearing impairments while viewing videos. Students with physical disabilities may need assistance when utilizing iPads. If a student cannot verbalize, they will need assistance from a device to put their thoughts into words.

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