click on the image to view the Chatterbox
In keeping with one on my New Year's resolutions...to blog more often, I figured I better get this one up before it's almost January 2nd, and especially because this lesson is in the spirit on New Years. Happy New Year by the way! 2014 was an incredible year for me, as I hope it was for you, and I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I don't know about you, but I have a pretty good feeling about it! ;-) But, if you're feeling stuck, use 2015 to get unstuck. Make a change and move forward in the direction of your dreams.
I want to share a fun, free, easy, high yield, high engagement, higher order New Year's Resolution activity with you...something that your any grader could do after reading a book or listening to a book. This tech-infused book response activity features the free iTunes app, Chatterpix. Chatterpix can make anything talk.
-no account needed
-can be started and finished in 5 minutes
-make ANYTHING talk...a book character, fruit, a chair, whatever
It's this easy:
1. Take a picture
2. Draw a line for the mouth
3. Record your voice
This app works well when teaching the skill of Point of View (RL.6, RIT.6) because the voice creator must speak from the point of view of the object or person in the picture.
Once the Chatterpix is done, it's saved in your Camera Roll. I chose to upload it to YouTube, but you could upload it your class blog, or class Pinterest board...very similiar to the way Lake Myra Elementary uses Pinterest boards to showcase student technology projects.
Here's one more I made for fun...using a banana on a fruit platter.
The most ideal picture books to use with a book response activity like this are picture books with strong characters who learn a lesson by the end of the story. For a student to articulate a character's New Year's Resolution, the reader must not only identify what the character learned or how the character changed, or came to realize what they learned, but the reader must put themselves in the shoes (or voice) of the book character to articulate a New Year's Resolution to reflects how they will act or behave different from now on.
Books with strong characters are:
The Paperbag Princess
Where the Wild Things Are
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Recess Queen
Patricia Polacco books
William Steig books
Kevin Henkes books
Happy New Year!