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Third Grade Students Create Listening and Math Centers

Lindsay has used Shadow Puppet for activities in just about every subject with her third grade class. They’ve used Shadow Puppet to present research projects, work out math equations, create public service announcements, tell creative stories or practice reading aloud.

I like Shadow Puppet because it is hands on. It pushes the students to go beyond just regurgitation of information, and they love it. It’s also pretty limitless. Whatever you want to do, you can tweak it to fit your curriculum.”

Currently, Lindsay and her class are developing a reading center. All of the audiobooks in the center are narrated by her students. The students will take photos of a book and then use Shadow Puppet to record themselves reading it aloud. Lindsay will then create a QR code that the other students can scan to watch the video and listen to the book being read to them by their classmates.

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I didn’t have a listening center in my class before the students started making it. They love reading and hearing themselves speak, and now they can listen to their friend reading them a book. It’s neat. I also like it that I can go back use the recordings for assessment of their reading and speaking.”

Similar to the reading center, Lindsay’s class has also created a math center. A student will explain how to do a math problem, for example multiply 4 x 5. The student will take photos of the problem, explain how to solve it using Shadow Puppet, and then save their video. Lindsay will make a QR code and post it on the wall in the math center. Other students can scan the code and learn how to multiply by watching that video.

An unexpected benefit of using Shadow Puppet is that my students are way ahead of other classes in terms of understanding how to use technology. When they went to the librarian to learn how to to do an image search on a desktop computer, they already knew how to do it because they’d done something similar with Shadow Puppet. It was a completely transferable skill. Same thing with Powerpoint. They already understood how to make a Powerpoint presentation because of working with Shadow Puppet.”

Lindsay’s students have also used Shadow Puppet to create persuasive public service announcements. The class was learning about an organization that provides bedding, school supplies and clothing for needy children around the world. Instead of making a poster, the students created PSA videos providing information about the organization and trying to persuade people to donate to their cause.

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I’m focusing on teaching my students about audience. They’re learning how to create something that someone else might respond to, something that makes an impression or starts a conversation. I’ve found that as soon as they have an audience, they want to create and write much more than before.”

Lindsay has found that Shadow Puppet has been great for her students and their learning, but also great for keeping parents in the loop. Her students’ parents are very busy and there are often language barriers. Posting Shadow Puppet videos to her classroom blog is a great way to bridge those gaps.

It breaks down a lot of communication barriers share classwork and assessment with parents in this way. They also like that they can keep the videos and share them with other family. It’s a great snapshot of their child at the time.”

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Third Grade
  • Practice reading aloud from a book or poem
  • Describe how to solve a math problem
  • Present findings from a research project
  • Create a persuasive public service announcement
  • Act out short creative narratives
  • Describe the steps of how to make or do something
  • Compile work into a digital portfolio for parent-teacher conferences

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Third Grade students develop reading and speaking skills with Shadow Puppet educational app for iPhone and iPad

Lindsay Carriere, Third Grade Teacher

Linsday is a third grade teacher at a public elementary school in Ontario, Canada.

She has several iPads in the classroom and access to a shared iPad cart a few times a week.


 
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Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in Third Grade

  • Practice reading aloud from a book or poem
  • Describe how to solve a math problem
  • Present findings from a research project
  • Create a persuasive public service announcement
  • Act out short creative narratives
  • Describe the steps of how to make or do something
  • Compile work into a digital portfolio for parent-teacher conferences