Teacher Review for Book Creator

Love Book Creator - 2nd Graders Became Entomologist Authors!

Peter H.
Technology coordinator
World of Inquiry School #58
Rochester, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I (Instructional Technology Teacher on Assignment) was able to partner with a 2nd grade Gen Ed and ENL teacher on an insect case study that was aligned with CCSS ELA standards. Students became experts in an insect species and created a scientific drawing of their chosen insect. The artwork became the cover of the eBook. After viewing a variety of insects from Cornell Cooperative Extension and using a variety of hard copy and digital resources students recorded their research and used it for their non-fiction insect book. All celebrated by reading their books to family and school members at an Author's Tea celebration.
My Take
After observing a variety of insects and discussing what students would be learning about, we posed the question: "What can you do with your insect knowledge that might help others? Might help insects? After a couple of days of thinking and several suggestions, students settled on writing and illustrating a book! Once they saw the possibilities of the Book Creator App, they were hooked.