Creating and Publishing a Book in iBooks
iBooks is not an option for products at this point in time. The idea is to have a sample books created by other students to share with the students, different stories on different iPads. The students will then explore the different stories and discuss as a whole class what was the same and different as well as what they liked and didn't like. Seeing digital books and experiencing them is very interesting to the students. Knowing they can create their own books is very motivating to them, especially if members of their family can access the book and share it with their friends. The book can connect to prior knowledge of basic book information (title, pages, preface, contents, publication information, etc.) and can connect to prior knowledge about the topic they are creating the book about.
2 Direct Instruction
In this phase of instruction, the students will brainstorm words that belong to a specific word family by writing them on their iPads using the app Whiteboard Pro. This will be the example of what they will be working on during Guided Practice.
3 Guided Practice
The students will open a Google Doc shared with their teacher in Google Drive for the two word families they will be working with. The students will begin typing words that include their word family. For some of the struggling students, the teacher will have put a line with the word family following to help them figure out their words. For some other struggling students, the teacher has put the line with the word family, but has also included images to further guide students as they write down their words. Students who need enrichment, can work on writing full sentences to go along with their word family.
The teacher will move through the room to help students as needed. through the documents and see what students are listing. They can correct spelling, give clues or suggestions, and write comments in real time while the students are working. The student can also write a note to ask a question or seek clarification.
4 Independent Practice
Now that the students have completed a list for their first word family, it is time for them to work on a second word family. This time the students will be monitored by the teacher from their computer. They will be able to tab through the documents and see what students are listing. They can correct spelling, give clues or suggestions, and write comments in real time while the students are working. The student can also write a note to ask a question or seek clarification.
If necessary, the teacher can assign additional lists as necessary to allow the student to achieve mastery.
Now that the word lists are completed, it's time to write a rhyming story that uses words from their word lists. The students can write rhyming sentences at the bottom of their page. The idea is to collect two short rhyming stories or poems from each student. Struggling learners may only be responsible for writing one sentence or two sentences that may or may not make sense when read together. Another level of students may be required to write four lines of poetry that use the words in their word list. Students who need enrichment may need to write a story using one to two sentences from each word family they compiled a list for. This will all be done in Google Drive.
The students will then use a drawing app (there are many available including Scribble Press and Whiteboard Pro) to create an image for their sentence or poem. The text will then be added under the image. The teacher will then record each student reading their text in Audiboo, which can also be added to the story page.
The teacher will compile all of the images, text, and sounds using iBooks Author to create their Word Family Book. Once completed, the book will be published to iBooks for anyone with an iPad or Mac to read.