Monday, October 26, 2015

A Fun Lesson to Teach Addition using a Read Aloud, iPads and the Book Creator App

Last week I was in a grade 1 Classroom that was at the beginning stages of adding.  This made me think of a great lesson Karen Lirenman had done with the book One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab (counting by feet book).  I immediately told her about the lesson and we planned to co - teach it the following day.  While I read the story, Mrs. Dadd created an anchor chart of
all of the characters in the story and the children told us how many feet each character had.  We then modeled how to add different combinations of characters feet to get a sum.  Students then were asked to select a sum that was a "just right" challenge for them and to create a drawing of the two characters and their number sentence that went with their picture using the Book Creator App.  Children that were ready were challenged to add 3 characters' feet in their number sentence.  Students then recorded their voice explaining their number sentence
with a phone that plugs into the headphone jack in the iPad to reduce background noise.  (I purchased them at the dollar store.)  We then airdropped all of the pages to one iPad, combined the pages in Book Creator and exported it as a movie so the class could watch and listen to their class book on         the big screen!  


  1. That's a great idea! Love the idea of combining them to make an audio ebook.

  2. Thank you for telling us about the handheld phone with a headphone jack!!!! I have a noisy class this year and these will be perfect!!!