Lesson Plan

Creating Nonfiction Books about Animals in Book Creator

Students will create books all about animals using the Book Creator app and PebbleGo to gather their information.
Allison P.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to create a nonfiction book all about animals using the Book Creator app. Students will be able to use their prior knowledge to include a variety of different nonfiction text features in their book. Students will be able to research their information using the website PebbleGo and organize the information into a tree map. Also, students will be able to save pictures from a Google search to the camera roll. Finally, students will be able to add text, import pictures from the camera roll, and use all the other features within the Book Creator app. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Science
Grades K - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Exploring

The teacher will begin by reading the students a variety of animal books the week before to allow the students to have exposure to different types of animals and various styles of books. After about a week of reading animal books, the teacher brings in animal books for the students to explore. The students are asked to look at the books to help them decide what animal they would like to research more for their research book (10 minutes). The teacher asks the animals they would like to research and a list in generated (5-10 minutes). The students are placed into groups based on the animals they are studying together, about 4 students per group (5 minutes)

Student Instructions

Throughout the week, students listen to books read by the teacher about different animals. When the teacher brings in the books about the animals, the students explore the animal books and decide which animal they would like to research. The students help generate a list of animals they would like to research and then are placed into a group with fellow classmates to work together (5 minutes). 

2 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice

PebbleGo
Free to Try, Paid

The teacher shows the students the website for PebbleGo and how to access it on the iPad. The students are asked to go to the website and then turn their iPads over, screens down, to wait for further instructions. The teacher selects one of the animals to explore the site, Sharks. The teacher shows the students how to find their animal and the different information they can locate on the website. The students are given some time to explore PebbleGo and find their animals (5 minutes). The students are brought back together for the next set of instructions. The teacher draws a tree map on a blank piece of paper with the animal name on the top and the following branches: has, eats, lives. The teacher demonstrates for the students how to locate the information for each branch of the tree map in PebbleGo and then write the information in the corresponding branch of the tree map on the paper (15 minutes). The teacher explains to the students that they will be researching the animal they have selected and recording the information they learn in a tree map just like the example. Before the students are sent to begin working on their research, the teacher asks a student to repeat the task at hand. Students are sent to their tables to begin their research. 

Student Instructions

The students locate and open the PebbleGo website on the iPad and then turn it over, screens down, to wait for further instructions.  The students watch quietly as the teacher explains how to locate the animals and important information needed on the website. The students are given some time to explore PebbleGo and find their animals. The students are brought back together to watch the next step. The students watch as the teacher shows the students how to create the tree map and record the information from PebbleGo on the tree map. One student is selected to repeat the directions and walk through how to record the research on their animals in the tree map. 

3 Independent Practice

PebbleGo
Free to Try, Paid

The teacher gives the students some time to research their animals in the groups they were assigned. The teacher walks around and helps the students record their learning and information from PebbleGo on the branches of their tree maps on paper (40 minutes, broken up across two days).

Student Instructions

Students research the information about their animal on PebbleGo and record it on the appropriate branches of the tree map on paper (40 minutes, broken up across two days).

4 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid
Book Creator
$2.49-$4.99

The teacher has created a template for the animal book ahead of time and uploaded the template into Google Drive. The teacher explains to the students that they will be going into Google Drive and uploading the template into Book Creator. The students have done this many times before so a student is asked to review this process with the rest of the class. The students are asked to upload the template into Book Creator and then turn the iPads over, screens down, to wait for further instructions. The teacher reviews the template with the students, which includes the various types of nonfiction text features they are expected to include. The teacher reviews each of these features with the students and what they are.The teacher explains to the students that they will be using the information from the tree map and putting it into the book on Book Creator. The teacher demonstrates how to take one of the pieces of information from the tree map and put it into the book. The teacher asks for assistance from a student with how to add text to the book in Book Creator since they have done this before (20 minutes). The students are then sent to their tables to start working on their own books in groups. 

Student Instructions

The students listen to a fellow classmate explain how to upload the template of the animal book from Google Drive into Book Creator. Then the students are asked to  upload the template on their own and then turn the iPads over, screens down, to wait for further instructions. The students listen as the teacher explains how to put the information from the tree map into the book in Book Creator. A student is asked to show the other students how to add text to the book since they have done this before. Students begin working on their own book in groups.

5 Independent Practice

Book Creator
$2.49-$4.99

The teacher gives the students some time to begin adding the information they have recorded on their tree maps into the template on Book Creator (20 minutes). 

Student Instructions

The students begin adding the information they have recorded on their tree maps into the template on Book Creator (20 minutes).

6 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice

The teacher explains to the students that they are going to be adding photos of their animals into the book they are creating. The teacher shows the students how to do a Google search for a picture of their animal and save it to the camera roll. The teacher asks the students to find a picture of their animals and save it to the camera roll (20 minutes).

Student Instructions

The students listen to the teacher explain how to do a Google search for a picture of their animal and save it to the camera roll. The students then try to find a picture of their animal and save it to the camera roll (20 minutes). 

7 Independent Practice

Book Creator
$2.49-$4.99

The teacher gives the students several days to complete their animal books in Book Creator. The teacher circulates around the classroom helping students as needed with their work. 

Student Instructions

The student continuing working on their animal books in Book Creator until they are completed. 

8 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Once the animal books are completed, the teacher explains to the students that they will be sharing their animal books with each other in smaller groups. The books will then be placed in iBooks for them to look at in the future. 

Student Instructions

The students share their books with each other. The students will put their books in iBooks so they can look at them in the future.