Lesson Plan

I Love My School Shoes

Kindergarteners publish their own "guess who" class ebook in their rocking school shoes
Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

  • collaboratively create and publish a narrative ebook using digital tools.
  • record their voice as they read a pattern book.
  • type their name.

Transfer Goal
Effectively communicate for different purposes and varied audiences using appropriate media.

I CAN statement
I CAN create a story using  technology to make pictures and record my voice.

Enduring Understanding

Technology is a tool that can be used for collecting, organizing, creating, and presenting information.

Essential Question

How can my voice, drawings, and pictures provide additional details about our topic?

English Language Arts
Grades Pre-K - K
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook: Rocking in My School Shoes

Activity: Reading

Start by reading the book Pete the Cat and His Rocking School Shoes.  Click here to see a video preview of the book which you can share with the class.

Then tell students they are going to make their own book about their rocking school shoes!

2 Direct Instruction/Guided Practice: Creating the book

Book Creator

You can download a free template for this book here or here.  After the images are saved to the camera roll on the iPad, you can add them into book creator to create a class book. Use the square book template for the pages to fit perfectly.  

You can also click here to download the .epub book template right into book creator from my blog post.

Click here to see an example of one student that has been added to the book. (I used my 3 year old son as an example. He is autistic and he is just learning how to speak, so I did most of the talking. With most students, you would have them read the entire sentence.)

1. On the cover of the book, click the + and "add text." Write who your book is written by, and then record your voice reading the title of the book by clicking on the + "add sound."

2.  On the first page, click the + "camera"  to take a picture of the first student's shoes (no faces). Insert the picture under the sentence, "I love my school shoes." Then click the + "pen" so the student can draw the first letter of his/her name. Click the + and "add sound" so the student can read the page.

3. On the "Guess Who" page, record the student's voice by clicking + "add sound."

4. On the "I am" page, take a picture of each student that includes his/her face and shoes, and add his/her name using + "add text." Then add the student's voice reading the page.

5. On the last page, take a picture of all the students with their foot in a circle to add as the conclusion to your book. 

3 Independent Practice: Reading the Book

When your book is complete, you can publish it as an ebook by clicking the square with an arrow pointing up and opening it in iBooks, Nook, or Kindle. Add this ebook to your digital classroom library so students can read/listen to this book when reading independtly, reading with someone, or listening to reading during your literacy block. Students will love trying to guess whose rocking shoes they see!

4 Wrap Up: Sharing with Parents

Sharing with parents will be the icing on the cake! They will love hearing their child's voice in the ebook your class creates. This is a great book to share at back to school night. You can also publish it on YouTube by exporting it as a video. This option may be easier to share with parents through email if they don't have an e-reader, but be aware that you cannot control how long each page is shown.