Characters Come to Life!

I Can Statements:

  1. I can ask and answer questions about important details in stories
  2. I can retell a story I know using important details from the story
  3. I can tell the characters, setting and what happens in the story
  4. I can read and understand books at my level
  5. I can tell what a story is about

The Process:

Students listen to a story read to them either aloud or at a listening center. After the story have students draw a picture of one of the characters and write out details from the story. Students will use technology to make their drawing come to life. Using Chatterpix, Talk About this, or Blabberize have character talk about the details from the story.

*Each tool is a bit different so you will want to look at the ways to capture your character. For Blabberize you will have to think about how you will get student drawings on the computer to upload to the site.

Ideas for Implementation

How does this all work in a Kindergarten Classroom? One idea is to create centers for each part of this project. One way to make it really easy for young learners to find websites is using QR Codes. QR Code readers are available for most mobile devices. For those of you who have students using these devices it's easy to create cards for each center that when scanned will take student to the web resource you want them to use. If a certain app is to be used create a QR code using the apps iTunes URL.
You can even create QR Codes that will play your voice for students. This means you could give directions through audio that students could listen to as needed.

Have too much to do to create QR codes for this lesson? No problem we've done it for you! Download the file below for QR Codes for all the tools used in this lesson.

Sharing Students Work

In most districts there is a form that parents sign at the beginning of the year giving teachers permission to showcase student work, however it is always a good idea to double check with your administrator. Now you have these wonderful creations, but how do you get them off your device or computer? What's the easiest way to collect work from students?

If your interested in just getting the finished project for grading purposes or to share with parents via email having students upload their work using or another service that allows work to be collected. Using a blog is another way to get students work uploaded from one place to another.
Here is a great link to learning how to use online tools to get work from students.

Technology Tools

Audio Books for Students:

Resources for Identifying Parts of a story:

Tools for Creation:
Blabberize (Computer)
Chatterpix (iPad)
PhotoSpeak 3D (Android)

QR Code Readers:
QR Code Reader for iPod/iPhone
QR Code Reader for Android
QR Code Reader for iPad

QR Code Creator

QR Code Audio


Standard 1. Creativity and innovation

Standard 2. Communication and Collaboration (share work)

Standard 5. Digital Citizenship (use technology responsibly)

Standard 6.Technology operations and Concepts

Lesson Standards for Common Core

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.

Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.