Here is an idea for an appsmash that introduces first graders to:
Step 4. Combine the LOVE template and the emoji filled heart picture in the Superimpose app using the square size constraints, masking, and blend mode. Watch my tutorial to see how it is done.
I bought the book, Go Away Big Green Monster, used on Amazon thinking it would be perfect for a construction paper collage lesson. When it arrived it was all ripped up. I couldn't really read it to my students. So, I decided to use it as an inspiration for our own version of the story that would lead perfectly into our collage lesson. I made it out of shapes in Keynote and animated it slide by slide. I let the students come up and touch the interactive whiteboard to take us to the next digital page of the story. I set it to music to add a bit more suspense. Below is a recording of what our book looks like. It's much more fun when the kids participate. So, here is the keynote file for you to give it a try. When the lesson was complete we created a word bank of colors and shapes and filled out a monster display form. This helped reinforce some of the concepts we explored.
I put the powerpoint lesson with instructions and resources built in to lead you and your students through the steps needed to create a colorful construction paper monster collage that reinforces shapes, symmetry, and color balance on TpT. The lesson is based on the book by Ed Emberley, Go Away Big Green Monster. I created an animated version of his story to introduce this lesson (see above). This project was perfect for my first graders but would probably work anywhere between pre-K and 2nd grades.
Digital Lesson Extensions:
Did you know that the Keynote software (Apple's presentation tool) on the Mac has a drawing tool?
It is a vector based tool that creates clean and customizable shapes that you can fill with color, gradients, or a photo. Then layer, arrange, flip, add shadows and group these shapes until they've become almost anything you can dream of.
Here are some of the drawings I created using Keynote. I used images of fabrics to fill my shapes. You can download my folder of fabrics here if you want to give this a try. See my tutorial below for some tips and how tos.
Currently the iPad version of keynote is missing some of the tools: the free draw line and fill with a photo. This means you can only draw shapes from pre-made choices and fill with colors. The teddy bear design below would work on the iPad because it is completely made from ovals, circles, and lines.
Now Animate what you Create:
Need a simple tutorial to get you started with keynote animation? Try this one.
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