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Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

Pumpkin books, a pumpkin poem, pumpkin carving, seed counting, pumpkin patches and so much more. Oh the pumpkins, it’s pumpkin fever. Just in case you’re looking for just one more pumpkin thing … heres a pumpkin poem project that has such a simple “recipe” you could use it for any investigation or unit.

If you’ve been around my blog a while, you know how much I love projects that combine student art, writing and publishing a product we can share using our iPads. I know this isn’t really a “new” project but it was just to fun not to share. So, here’s just one more project example for you.

Publishing a Pumpkin Poem

The next logical step after an investigation is a collaborative poem, right? So that’s just what we did after lots of pumpkin stuff, including sharing our pumpkin seed data to the Pumpkin Project hosted by Jen Wagner (if you’ve never participated in her projects, please go here and check them out! They’re simple, fun and a GREAT way to connect to other classrooms! Highly recommended!)

Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

We wrote out our poem on chart paper together as a class. I wouldn’t ever trade this step. We work on so many literacy concepts when we write together this way and it builds a great sense of community. Each child also painted two large pieces of construction paper with a mix of colors. Then they drew pumpkins and leaves on the backs, cut them out and glued them down to make individual pumpkin patches.

Pumpkins, Poetry & Publishing

I use Doc Scan to quickly take, and crop, pictures of their art after it’s hung up on our bulletin board. Doc Scan also easily exports them all at once to my camera roll. It’s a must have.

Then for our favorite way to make a book, Book Creator! Have each student create a page and add their art work. Make the image large enough to fill the page. This can be a hard skill for them to practice. They’ll have to move the picture around and resize it. It’s a skill worth practicing for sure! Add your text, then add their voices.

organize pages in Book Creator

 

I usually want to publish the finished Book Creator Book in two ways – as a video, and as an ePub to post to the iBooks store.  Here’s an excellent tutorial from Book Creator Blog on how to upload to the iBooks store if you haven’t ever. It’s really pretty simple, and it’s a great way to share your book! Families LOVE being able to download our creations and read them on their own devices.  You can download our pumpkin poem book here if you want to check it out.

Saving as a video also lets us share our great pumpkin poem in so many other ways!

I love this “recipe”! So go write something amazing, create some art (on real paper, or on your iPads) and publish it up real nice with Book Creator!

Happy Halloween, happy pumpkin season and happy writing!

pumpkin sig

 

 

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading


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 – Make a background with Make A Scene Farmyard. (We… 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


The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

My incredible first graders wrote stories starring Mo Willems’ Pigeon character, read about our process here, and decided to publish them a bit differently from our normal method. Usually we use the Book Creator App to publish our writing, and some of my early finishers wanted to do just that. Here’s one … While we… Continue Reading


The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading