Lesson Plan

Christmas Traditions Books

Students create eBooks about Christmas traditions in their families.
Traci P.
Technology coordinator
Billings Public Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will learn that Christmas traditions are things they do each year at Christmastime.

Students will be able to write about Christmas traditions in their homes, and create illustrations to go with their writing.

Students will be able to add their illustrations and sentences to an eBook using the app Book Creator.

Students will export their books as videos into Seesaw to share with classmates and parents.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades K - 3
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Christmas traditions

Activity: Other — Reading and writing

The teacher will introduce the concept of Christmas traditions by reading a favorite Christmas story to the children.  As the teacher reads the story, she should stop to talk about the traditions that are happening in the story (baking cookies, decorating a tree, exchanging gifts, etc).  After the story is done, the teacher will create a chart and allow the students to share the Christmas traditions that happen in their homes.  Once several ideas have been shared, students will be asked to go to their seats and write their own sentences about Christmas traditions in their home.  They should write whatever is developmentally appropriate for the writer; for example, in first grade, most students can write at least two sentences featuring two separate traditions.

Student Instructions

After a whole group discussion about family traditions, students will write sentences about family traditions in their homes.

2 Christmas illustrations

The teacher will introduce an app such as Make a Scene: Christmas, that allows students to create illustrations for their eBooks.  The number of illustrations they create will depend on the number of sentences they wrote.  For example, a student who wrote two sentences should make three illustrations; one for the cover and one to go with each sentence.

The Make a Scene: Christmas app is fun and engaging, and really motivates students to create interesting illustrations for the books.  As the students work, the teacher should remind them that their illustrations should make sense with their words, just like real authors do.

The teacher will show students how to save each illustration to the camera roll of their iPads, then clear the illustration and make the next one.  When all illustrations are done, students will be asked to click the "home" key and flip the iPad over, so the teacher knows when everyone is finished.

Student Instructions

Students will create a cover illustration and an illustration to match each of their sentences using the app Make a Scene: Christmas.  After each illustration is created, they will save to the camera roll of their iPad.

3 Add illustrations and sentences to Book Creator

Book Creator
$2.49-$4.99

The teacher will show students how to add their information into Book Creator, by first teaching them to create a "New Book" and choosing "Portrait" as the layout.  Students begin by inserting their cover illustration picture, then add a title and making it "fancy" using the formatting options.  Anything new students can add can be accessed using the "+" button.  All formatting options are available by clicking the little "i" button.

They will then add a new page, add another illustration and type in one of their sentences.  They will continue this process until all illustrations and sentences have been added.  Here is a look at the options when they click "+":

Student Instructions

Students begin by creating a new book, then inserting their cover illustration picture using the "+" sign.  They then add a title and making it "fancy" using the formatting options. They will then add a new page, add another illustration and type in one of their sentences.  They will continue this process until all illustrations and sentences have been added. Here is a look at the options when students click "+":

4 Add sound to their books

Book Creator
$2.49-$4.99

The teacher will show students how to make their books audio books by using the Add a Sound feature on Book Creator.  Students should click the "+" button and then "Add a Sound".  They can then read their title and sentences into the book, allowing each page to be read to their readers.

Student Instructions

Students will add sound to their stories by clicking the "+" button and then "Add a Sound".  They will then read their title and sentences into the book, allowing each page to be read to their readers.

5 Export to Seesaw

To send the book to Seesaw, first make sure the students are logged into their Seesaw account. Book Creator saves automatically, so they an click the home button, log in to Seesaw, and then reopen Book Creator.  

Students need to be back on the main screen of Book Creator (Click "My Books" to return there). They need to click the sharing button (the little rectangle with the arrow in it) and then "Export as Video".  

Once they click this button, Seesaw should come up as an option.  IF IT'S NOT: click the three little dots that say "more" and toggle Seesaw to "on".  (You should only have to do this one time and then it will always show up.)  

Once it gets to Seesaw, they should just have to choose their name and post! Wahoo!  

Student Instructions

If students are not logged into Seesaw, they will need to do this before the next step.  Book Creator saves automatically, so they an click the home button, log in to Seesaw, and then reopen Book Creator.  

Students need to be back on the main screen of Book Creator (Click "My Books" to return there). They need to click the sharing button (the little rectangle with the arrow in it) and then "Export as Video".  

Once they click this button, Seesaw should come up as an option.  IF IT'S NOT: click the three little dots that say "more" and toggle Seesaw to "on".  (You should only have to do this one time and then it will always show up.)  

Once it gets to Seesaw, they should just have to choose their name and post! Wahoo!