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Integrating technology in the math classroom.

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

Place Value App Smash: Lessons Learned From A PBL Fail

Place Value App Smash: Lessons Learned From A PBL Fail

So, I’ve finally been able to share many of the items on my “To Blog” list. This project has been on my list to share for quite a while. Here comes the details of a project that was, in many ways, not a smashing success, and my reflection on what I’d do differently next time. Place value is a… Continue Reading




Jump Class Jump: Measurement & Graphing

Jump Class Jump: Measurement & Graphing

Measurement is usually so much fun to teach and explore, but it makes for an even better lesson if you can go outside! Yesterday was such a beautiful day we just had to move math to our breezeway. We got into the frog jumping spirit by enjoying Robert Kalan’s Jump, Frog, Jump. This book will probably spark more conversation… Continue Reading




Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

Create with 2D Shapes & Task Cards

2D shapes are such a simple math concept, but the mathematical vocabulary that goes along with them can be somewhat hard for students to grasp. I wanted to give my young learners an opportunity to practice using this language in an authentic and engaging way. So, a few task cards were born! In the midst… Continue Reading




Pic Collage: Quick & Beautiful Graphs

Pic Collage: Quick & Beautiful Graphs

Looking for a quick way to create a graph in your classroom? I’ve written about using Haiku Deck to create graphs before (see that post here), but if your looking to make a picture type graph, Pic Collage is a great tool! We’ve made sevearl graphs with it, and it’s so much fun to pass… 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