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Keywords: apps, autobiographies, i-pads, writing
Subject(s): Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 1 through 6
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Monroe Elementary School, Manitowoc, WI
Planned By: Lisa Rathsack
Original Author: Lisa Rathsack, Manitowoc
1) Students first gather information from home using a form that asks for information such as birthdate/weight/length/time. Also things such as their temperament as a baby, who they looked like, what they liked to eat and do and any other "funny or cute" things the parents can remember.
2) Students bring a picture of themselves as a baby.
3) Using the information their parents provided, the students write autobiographies.
4) Using an app called "talking faces" and the I-pad, students record their autobiographies into the I-pad.
5) The autobiographies are used to help with writing skills, students' reading fluency and are then shared with other students and finally e-mailed to parents.
The I-pads would be used for a multitude of reading, writing, and math projects.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The I-pads would be used in all subject areas, using apps (interventions) for integrating the curriculum.
Materials: Whiteboards, Point and Shoot
Other Items: 25 i-pads, $220.00 each, total of $5500.00