Fractured Fairy Tales

Paper Bag Princess

Use the SCAMPER model to write your own version of one of your favourite fairy tales.

  • S – Substitute. Can you substitute a character with a character from a different story?
  • C – Combine. Can you combine two characters or events into one?
  • A – Add. Can you add in a new character, place or event?
  • M – Magnify, Minify or Modify. What happens if you make a character or object much smaller or larger or change it in an important way? Can you alter the beginning, middle or end of the story or the way the characters act?
  • P – Put to other uses. How else could an object be used? What happens if the characters play different roles or respond to events in different ways?
  • E – Eliminate. What happens if you remove a character, place or event from the story?
  • R – Reverse or Rearrange. How does the story change if you reverse or rearrange the order of events or the roles of the characters?

Use Strip Designer ($3.79) to publish your story.

Remember to include a title and your name and grade.

Use Drawing Pad ($2.49) to illustrate your story.

Strip DesignerDrawing Pad App

 

References

The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch

How to Teach Creative Writing (Sample) – Ticking Minds

Thinking Skills Workbook – Anzac Terrace Primary School 

News Reports

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

Over the past three weeks we have been busy making our own news reports using Lego Movie Maker and iMovie.

In Lego Movie Maker we created our own news story and then acted them out with little lego people and scenery.

We used the camera app to video ourselves introducing and closing the news.

To make all our filming all come together we used iMovie by adding photos, music, film, voice recordings, transitions, bloopers, titles and credits.

So here’s a sample of a few of our finished products or you could visit your child’s individual blog to see what they have been up to…

Strip Designer – Years Five and Six

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

The Strip Designer App ($2.99)  is much more than a create your own comic strip app.

…Kids can learn digital creation skills and improve their writing skills, story telling and graphic design. You can create comic strips, posters, stories and diary entries. It is an open ended app and you are only limited by your imagination.

Strip Designer is the perfect app for classroom publishing.

You can add a variety of content, including taking photos and drawing pictures within the app and importing images from your photo album.

There is also a complete range of options for sharing your finished products. You can email, upload to faceook, twittter, Flickr and dropbox, print or save as a .pdf, image or strip designer project file.
      

 

Explain Everything

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Explain Everything ($2.99) is a really fabulous app that allows you to create your own presentations.  You can draw pictures and record your voice. We used the app to retell some of our favourite fairy tales.  Next week we will begin importing pictures into our presentations. These can be pictures we have drawn, photos we have taken or images we have saved from the Internet.

 

 

Natural Disaster News Reports

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This week we will begin making our  Natural Disaster News Reports.

Watch the BTN report about flooding in Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2488875.htm

We will be using iMovie to make our final video including the sections where the reporters are introducing the news item.
We will be using Lego Superheroes Movie Maker and our lego people to record the footage of the disaster itself.
Think about how you will create the special effects showing the disaster.

Points to remember

  • Always keep your camera in the same position by using a stand.
  • Use the onion skinning feature to ensure that your Lego people don’t move too much between each shot.
  • Turn off rotation lock on the iPad.
  • Have the iPad camera in the correct position.

Book Creator Tutorial

Book Creator for iPad is available from the iTunes Store for $5.49.

Our students having been using it to create their own ePubs. They can add images, text and voice recordings to their books before opening them in iBooks.

We haven’t tried but in theory you can also submit your books to the iBookstore.

The app is very intuitive and our students are finding it fun and easy to use.

 

 

 

Drawing Pad Tutorial

The Drawing Pad App is available from the iTunes store for $1.99.

It is a fantastic app. It includes a large range of drawing tools and colours. You can add backgrounds, stamps and stickers. You can import images from your camera roll and photo albums.

There are lots of options for exporting your finished work including:

  • Saving to your Camera Roll
  • Emailing
  • Printing
  • Posting to Facebook and Twitter

The only downside is that you can not add text.

 

My Story – I Can Read with my Eyes Shut

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

My Story is a story writing app that allows children to create their own books.  It has tools for drawing, photography, voice recording, writing, and sharing! We used it to draw a picture of our favourite place, write a title and record why the place we chose to draw is so special to us. It was fun exploring this new app and we look forward to using it again next week.