In Ms. Logan's kindergarten, we read the story The Moccasins by Earl Einarson. I digitized this book by recording it into Adobe Spark Video, allowing it to be projected onto the screen. This also allows it to be used by students as an audio book in listening centers. Click here to access the digitized version, or scan the QR code below.
In Mrs. Davey's first grade, we read the story Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
After reading the story, students discussed vocabulary from the story, and Mrs. Davey created an anchor chart. The anchor chart included the words: jingle dress, jingle dancer, drum, celebration, and tradition. Students were then shown this video of jingle dancers, and Mrs. Rusche-Nicholson brought a jingle dancing dress to the class to show the students. This led to wonderful questions and answers about the dress, the jingles, and the tradition of dancing at pow wows.
Students then used the free app PicCollage Kids to create a collage using vocabulary from the story. Students used the web search tool in PicCollage Kids to search for images, then labeled each image using the text tools. They could customize their collages by changing the font, colors, and backgrounds of their collages.
When they were finished creating their collages, students uploaded them to Seesaw. Using the "record while drawing" feature, they used the arrow pointer tool to point to each image and tell about the vocabulary words.