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A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

Last week in math we practiced writing our own story problems, then decided to get a bit creative with them. We ended up making a Book Creator book to combine all the turkey story problems we created.

Here’s the process to create Turkey Story Problems –

  1. Make a background with Make A Scene Farmyard. (We made a few as a class and saved them to our camera roll to save time)
  2. Open Pic Collage for Kids, and add your picture. Set it as the background.

Turkey Story Problems

3. Add your turkeys in groups. You can use the image search feature or save some from a
website like Pixabay to the camera roll to use.

Story Problems With Turkeys

4. Save your image from Pic Collage for Kids.

5. Add the image to Book Creator (make sure all books are created in the same format, we
chose “Portrait” for this book). Type in the number sentence, and record the story problem.

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6. Put the student books together. Here’s a tutorial on combining books.

7. Export your book as a video and or an eBook. We like to do both, that way we can read it and
interact with the book on our iPads, and easily watch and share the book with others.

Each of my math classes created a turkey story problem before students partnered up to create one together. Here’s the fun finished product …

So besides having a little Thanksgiving fun, these steps can easily be used to create any type of story problem.

Later in the week we decided to animate a few story problems with Explain Everything as a class.

I hope you’ll enjoy using these simple app smashes to create in math!

MZ Sig

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Breaking down and understanding informational text features is crucial to a reader’s and writer’s understanding. So, this past year as we dug deeper and deeper into informational texts, we used Explain Everything to help us remember what each feature was, why it might be included in a book, and how it could help us as readers… Continue Reading


How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow! We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to… Continue Reading


Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Have you ever read an interesting informational text with a group of first graders, had amazing discussion, then asked them to share something new they learned? If you have, you’ve likely heard this from at least one student: “I already knew all that!” 1st graders can be a tough crowd occasionally. Fortunately, we utilize the thinking… Continue Reading


Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Explain Everything: Mic Mute

Last week I shared a Symbaloo of resources for using Explain Everything here, and with the staff at my school. When I shared at school, one of my friends asked a question I couldn’t answer right away. “Can you mute the mic while you draw in Explain Everything?” I had no idea. As far as… Continue Reading


Explain Everything Tips & Ideas with Symbaloo

Explain Everything Tips & Ideas with Symbaloo

Have you experienced the awesome possibilities of the Explain Everything app yet? Yesterday I got to share about this awesome app in our Monday Tech Tips session. We explored some of this apps great features, like my favorite – the light saber pointer! I also shared this Symbaloo webmix as a resources for later. Did… Continue Reading