This week I read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle to the class. We spent a lot of time brainstorming synonyms for "said" as well as listing adverbs used to describe how the hermit crab picked ocean animals and plants. Finally we talked about how the different additions helped hermit crab. I asked students to write a story of their own based upon Eric Carle's model. They needed to start with an animal looking for a new home and then that animal had to find help from 3 other plants or animals. They did this on paper and then shared with a critical friend, who asked questions to help with clarification of story events.
Students used Drawing Pad to create a single picture (we were pressed for time this week). They imported it to Educreations or SonicPics, their choice. Finally they recorded themselves reading their story.