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First Grade Students Practice Reading Aloud and Present Science Experiments

Jennifer first used Shadow Puppet as part of an English and Language Arts lesson. Her students wrote and illustrated their own story based on the popular book, ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’.

There are some apps that are too confusing, even for an adult. The reason I like to use Shadow Puppet is because it is so simple. There’s no guesswork. It’s pretty foolproof.”

After writing and illustrating their story, the students took photos of all the pages in their book. Then each student recorded the story with Shadow Puppet, practicing reading aloud with expressive voices.

My students loved Shadow Puppet. I thought it was great to do something beyond just reading and writing. Now when we have free time on the iPads, they’ll make up their own little stories and share them with each other.”

Shadow Puppet was a great way for Jennifer’s students to practice reading and improve their speaking skills. They also learned new technology skills.

Making the videos is always learning experience for them. They practice fluency and expression. Listening back to their own voice definitely helps them improve their speaking.”

Most recently, Jennifer’s students used Shadow Puppet to present their findings from a science experiment. Based on the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs, each student created a house out of materials that they thought would stand up to being blown down. Using Shadow Puppet, they had to take a photo of the best house they made and demonstrate how it stood up to a gentle breeze and a strong breeze.

At my school, we like to use a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) approach. Our goal is that the students learn how to think about problems, create plans to address them, execute on those plans and then share the results with their classmates.”

After the students created their videos presenting the findings of their experiments, they watched all of the videos together as a class. Jennifer also emailed the videos to the students’ parents.

Keeping students’ parents in the loop is a big part of my job. Shadow Puppet simplifies my life. It is super easy to email each student’s project to their parents, and the parents love the videos.”

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in First Grade
  • Practice reading aloud from a book or poem
  • Explain findings from an experiment
  • Reflect on an art project
  • Describe the lifecycle of a plant
  • Practice counting, addition or subtraction
  • Find geometric shapes around the classroom

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First Grade Students Practice Reading Aloud and Present Science Experiments

Jennifer Malloy, First Grade Teacher

Jennifer teaches 1st grade at a private elementary school in Edison, New Jersey

She has two iPads in the classroom and access to a shared iPad cart twice a week.


 
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Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in First Grade

  • Practice reading aloud from a book or poem
  • Explain findings from an experiment
  • Reflect on an art project
  • Describe the lifecycle of a plant
  • Practice counting, addition or subtraction
  • Find geometric shapes around the classroom