Monday, May 11, 2015

Ice Cream and iPad Day

Today was Ii day for our ABC countdown to summer!  We celebrated Ii day by doing all of our lessons on iPads.  We ended the day by making ice cream.  The kids had so much fun!  The day flew by so fast.

When I got to school I wondered if my iPads would be charged.  I unlocked our cart to see that they were all plugged in.  I have the BEST group of kindergarten students.  They ask to put them away every night and they PLUG them in for me.  

We started the day by doing ice cream cone math.  The kids walked around the room with their iPads and took pictures of math equations that were hanging in the room.  The created a book in Book Creator with this pictures.  They added the picture, wrote the equation and recorded their voice saying the equation.  

I copied my equations on colored paper.  My kids hung them all around the room.

We sat down together and I had them download their books from Google Drive.

I used my iPad and projected what I was doing on the Smart Board so they could follow along easily.

Once they got to this step and I saw the book on their iPad, they were off.  They took pictures of the equations that they found, wrote their equations and added their voice saying the problem.

In event that someone broke one of our iPad rules, I had some worksheets made up so that kids could still walk around and write down equations that they found.  With our 1st iPad activity of the morning, I had a couple students that had to do this.  They were not happy about it and didn't lose their iPad privileges for the rest of the day.

I made an ice cream book that I added to our iPads.  It had facts on it about ice cream.  It was easy to read and kids could find images on their iPads to add to the pages.

Our next activity was making an ice cream flavors book.  The kids brainstormed all of the different kinds of ice cream that they could think of.  They then added these pictures to their books in Book Creator.  They recorded themselves reading the sentences that they came up with.

This is a video of them making their books.  I am really impressed with how fast they are getting at doing this.  They are doing so well and have blown my mind with things that they are able to do with the iPads.  We sat down today and learned how to make an iMovie.  They helped pick out the slides, video and music to go with it.  This week they will make their own iMovies.

We ended our day by making ice cream.  I was originally going to bring ice cream to school for the kids to eat.  My 11 year old son asked why I wasn't going to let them make the ice cream.  He said that I needed to give them that memory.  That it was one of his favorite memories from when he was younger.  So, I caved.  I bought all the ingredients in the morning before school.  We listened to Greg and Steve and shook the bags for about 20 minutes.  They had so much fun!

We did not get to building our sight words today, but that is in the works for the rest of the week.  Each of the cones has a sight word on it.  The kids will build the sight words out of scoops of ice cream.

I have 2 Ice Cream packs that you can check out here.  This one is from today.

This one is from a couple years ago.   You can read about it HERE.  There are also lots of other end of the year activities that you can read about.  

Have a great night!

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