Becoming little while reading The Littles

In my language arts class we are currently reading The Littles by John Peterson. A fun way to involve my kids in the reading is to write our own stories as if we were small enough to live in walls. Plus we have the benefit of living in an age with 1-to-1 iPad programs. Technology allows us to go a step beyond creative writing. We can add a visual creativity to our stories with nothing more than Apple Pages. Here are some that my students made:

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The steps to create your own transparent images with Pages are very simple. You need to start with an image that has a mostly solid background. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but the more solid and better lit you start with, the better product you will end up with. There is a reason that studios have tons of lights and giant green screens! We usually aren’t that lucky in a classroom, so we have to make do. See my example below.

First, add the picture to your document by clicking on the + in the upper right corner:

Next, select the image and click on the paint brush icon. This will open some editing options. You want to chooose ‘Instant Alpha’.

You will need to select parts of the image to remove. Depending on the colors, you can do this little by little or in giant globs. The background that will become transparent will be shown in below as you can see below. Be careful not to remove any of your main image.

In the end you will have something like below. This can be placed on top of another image. TADA! You have superimposed an image on top of another.

 

Portfolio Day

We had an English portfolio day at school,and I just wanted to post the pictures of some of the student created story cards. There was a great turnout of parents and I think it all went very well. One thing to take into consideration for next year is how difficult it is to get the students to do a presentation for parents AFTER they have presented for their parents.

20160328_153848Also, Achieve3000 (Kidbiz or Teenbiz, or whichever version you are using) provides a printable page of the various achievements. These are perfect for 5th graders who love stickers, and they can be placed on the covers of their portfolios.

If you have been using Google Drive to collect student work, you need to make sure you print out hard copies of their work! I am disappointed that a lot of the students work was not seen because I did not have a hard copy to show the parents. Yes, trees were saved, which is a great thing, but I am sure there would have been an alternative to leaving the work out completely.

Maybe I will try to devise a Google Script that displays the contents of a students drive folder dynamically…

 

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