In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my first graders created mini books in The Book Creator app on iPads. I read aloud a Dr. Seuss book published in 2015 called “What Pet Should I Get?” In this book a brother and sister consider many different pets at a pet store such as a dog, cat, rabbit, bird and fish along with some fictional pets including a Yent. The brother makes a point in the story as more and more choices present themselves concerning what pet they should get: “Oh, boy! It is something to make a mind up!” We considered the process that people go through when selecting a pet such as determining if they have space, have time to care for it, have money to buy food and pay the vet who will care for it and have affection to love on it.
I asked my students to celebrate Dr. Seuss by creating a book to describe which pet that they would choose, reasons why they would choose it, a picture of the pet and if possible, a voice recording of them as they gave their opinion on their pet wish. I only see them for 45 minutes every eight school days in the Technology Lab. In the past they had created books on Outer Space in Book Creator and were familiar with how to do it. I like how Book Creator app gives kids multiple ways to represent ideas with text, various fonts, sizes and colors of text, colors to draw and voice recording ability. You can also add photos and videos but time didn’t allow for that today!
As kids create their individual books, you can hear them as they give each other tips on how to make the letters capital on the iPad or how to adjust the color. I noticed one student who went above and beyond to help a friend discover how to spell the words for his title by bringing the friend to my book to show him and pointed to each word. These two writers stuck together like peanut butter and jelly for the rest of the class as they consulted each other on what would be typed and drawn next. Even though the books were not created with multiple authors on one book, I love how the children sit close and lean into each other to see mentors all around them as they work. The final step was to share their books with a friend so that the digital book authors could be celebrated!
Here are some of the moments that I captured as they enthusiastically created: