How I Use It
This interactive ebook would be a great resource for a whole group read-aloud or for independent "read-to-self" centers. For whole group time, choose the "read it myself" option so the teacher can read aloud. For independent "read-to-self" centers, emergent readers can choose the "read to me" option or practice reading themselves by choosing "read it myself." Make sure they have a headset or earbuds handy! Not only is this ebook great for reading, fluency practice, and developing word recognition and vocabulary, the science focus makes this ebook a great non-fiction resource to help tackle the following topics: ecology, human impact on environment, environmental responsibility, water cycle, tides, waves, and animals (both land and sea).
This ebook would be a great addition to any teacher's classroom library. There are several options for differentiation depending on the reading level of your students. Even though a student can choose "read it myself," the ebook still allows the user to tap any word if he or she struggles with any part of it. This ebook also allows the user to tap anywhere on the screen to identifies any object, which is a good feature for ELL students or early readers. One of my favorite features of this ebook is the option to record a new voice (other than the already existing narrator) for the book, giving students the ability to practice their fluency over and over again. Students can record on each page, then tap the arrow to advance to the next page. They can play back the recording at any stage, self-assess, and re-record if necessary. Easy and engaging! When the student is finished, that recording can then be emailed to parents or serve as documentation of growth.