Draw and Write

I Can Statements:

  1. I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  2. I can draw or write to help me explain about a topic.
  3. I can draw or write to tell an organized story about an event.
  4. I can tell how words and pictures go together in stories

The Process:

Students use a drawing tool to create a picture from an event. A "small moment" After they create a picture they can write about their moment using descriptive words and thoughtful phrases.  This can be just a picture or you can take it one step further and have students use Draw and Tell or Educreations to read their writing out loud in a video format.  If you only have access to a computer you may want to have students sketch their drawing on a sheet of paper with the their writing piece, then take a picture that can be uploaded to a blog site like Yodio where students can add their own voice.  Here is a site that has different tools to add audio to pictures.

Ideas for Implementation

Even if you only have one iPad or Surface, you can implement this particular project.  Setting up a center for students to work on their drawing and writing and having students rotate in and out might be one way to do this.  Students complete their work and then either email (if you have iPads that already have email set up to automatically send to your email or a file) or save image for you to collect from the camera roll.

If you have time in a computer lab, you can have students work on adding their voice to the pictures of their work using one of the tools listed above or even recording voice in a Power Point.  

Collecting and Sharing Students Work

Adding student projects to different sites like Kidblog where it can be password protected or made public for commenting from parents is an option.  Or if you are looking to create a portfolio having students save their work to a Google Drive folder that you share with them is always a good idea.  You can also use a file transfer site like Instashare where students can upload their work to your computer.


Creation Tools:

Doodle Buddy (iPad)

Whiteboard (Android)

Penultimate (iPad)


Tools for Sharing:


Google Drive

Lesson Standards for Common Core

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Comment Stream

2 years ago

So glad to see another early ed teacher here. I'm out of my depth! I have so much to learn...Thanks for the tips and ideas. :D

2 years ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. If you need anything let me know.