Teacher Review For Puppet Pals HD

Great Way to Teach Parts of a Story

Courtney S.
Classroom teacher
Central City Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Puppet Pals is a great app for students. I use this in small group. The students work together to create a story on the iPad. I have used this with a variety of ages in a special education classroom and my students loved it. It helps students understand the parts of a story. They begin by choosing their characters, if you buy the full version, students can use pictures of themselves to create puppets. They then chose a background. The backgrounds correlate with the with variety of characters given. The kids love choosing all of the parts. They especially love when they can use themselves. They then use hand movements and voice recordings to create their own stories. This is a great time to have the students talk about the five finger retell and make sure they add all they need to their story. I often use this in small groups so that all students can have a turn and their are not too many involved in creating the story. It helps to have them write the story before they start recording.
My Take
I love this app. It is a great way to give students a voice. They understand the parts after creating them on their own. They see the characters and setting, then they create the story. They have to use their imagination and creativity. They also have to learn to work as a team. I think this app is a great resource for any classroom.