Age Scale: 4+
Device: iPhone, iPod, and iPad
Quick Line: Give Your Photos a Voice
What Educators Need to Know:
Our reading series is challenging. The lexile levels are much higher than in previous grade levels, the topics are mature, and the writings are often lengthy.
But the truth is, this text is REAL. These are real stories by real authors published in real magazines, books, and on websites. This, along with interesting themes, seems to be enough to keep my busy sixth graders enduring and persisting when material gets tough.
Take, for example, our recent informational piece entitled, “Animal Snoops”. In a series of engaging and entertaining anecdotes, students learn about animals who eavesdrop on each other to find food, to connect with a mate, and avoid being prey. It wasn’t easy, but they GOT IT. Only fair of me to reward their hard work with a little fun, right?
Each student took the perspective of one of the snooping animals in the piece. They wrote a first-person paragraph explaining why and how the animal spies and used the Chatterpix Kids app to animate their ideas. The result? Funny little stories that demonstrate understanding anecdotes and how animals spy on one another.
Take a look:
Sperm Whale by Libby C.:
Bottlenose Dolphin by Madeliene P.:
Photuris firefly by Brooke P.: