Teacher Review For Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa

Wonderful way to introduce young students to continent of Africa.

Jennifer K.
Computer Teacher
North Schuylkill Elementary School
Ashland, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this product when I was traveling to South Africa. I left it for my sub to use with my younger students. Each student had an iPad to use, for the most part, some classes had to share do the number of students in that section. The students were able to click and interact with the objects in the Serengeti to learn about some of the animals and things I was seeing and talking about during my safari. I think that having them be able to go on their own "safari" while I was on mine made it more meaningful. Now I use it alongside my images and things I learned from my adventure.
My Take
This product gives students a lot of information, but I think that it does it in a nice way. Claire mentions a vocab word, Ansel asks for a meaning, and Claire provides the meaning for the word. The children then are able to take a picture to remember what they learned and to access that learning when they go through their scrapbook. I know some people don't like that it uses cartoon characters, but I felt they were very well done and look very close to what the actual animals look like and less like a cartoon. This allows them to provide some movement in the animals. I think it's hard for young children to get information from to use in reports because it does speak in a normal rate, but to introduce a unit on Africa, it's a good way to hook the students and get them excited about what they will be learning.