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Integrating Technology Resources
Into Your Comprehensive Literacy Curriculum

Software Templates / Screen Shots for
Grade 4 and 5 Literacy Themes

A response activity is an example of something created by students.
A screen shot is a picture of what the software program looks like.
A template is something created by the teacher to be finished or added to by the student.
Tut's Mummy, Lost ... and Found
by Judy Donnelly
Inspiration Response Activity 
1. enhance vocabulary and make connections between concepts
2. develop awareness of elements of spatial and visual literacy
3. use electronic organizer tool to represent their ideas visually

Vocabulary Outline with Photos and Important Terms from Story

This image shows a variety of ways for children to drag vocabulary terms and match to photographs that were cut and paste from the Internet.  Labels can have borders around them or left plain, arrows can be linked from the term to the correct picture, students can define the word within the arrow, or users can draw lines from a term to the correct part of a photography.  The template can be set up ahead of time with photos on one side and terms on the other, or photos can be stored in a file and advanced students can copy and paste the photos into the file.  Students can work on this project in a small group and the visual format of the diagram can be left open-ended; the only requirement is that the terms are correctly matched up with photographs.  For enrichment, students could even use this diagram as the basis of a "homepage"  and then provide links to a web site about each term or links to a page they wrote that further defines each term. 

Tut's Mummy, Lost ... and Found
by Judy Donnelly
Inspiration Template
1. locate and sequence important details from the story
2. develop awareness of an outline with main headings and details
3. use electronic organizer tool to manipulate details through an outline format
Plot sequence for chapters in Tut's Mummy

This outline represents five important details from each chapter of the text.  To prepare this activity for students, the teacher scans through the book and types in major headings and important details ahead of time and saves this outline.  To prepare the sequencing activity for students, first save a copy of this file.  Then use the tools in Inspiration to mix up the sequence of five events within each chapter by dragging them to a new location.  Students are given this "mixed-up version" and small groups are assigned to each chapter.  Using the book to refer to, the students open up the mixed-up template and drag the events back into the correct order.  Discussion can follow during which each group presents their sequence and the rest of the class decides if they are correct by revisiting the text to locate the details within each chapter.

The following screen shot shows an example of what they "mixed-up version" of Chapter 1 might look like to the students as they begin their sequencing activity.  Compare it to the correct version above. 

For advanced students, this outline could even be used before students read the book as a prediction type of activity.  This way, students are given exposure to most of the important details (although not in the correct order), which helps prepare them to read.  After each chapter is read, they can go back and revise their template file to make the sequence match the story. 

As an extension activity, the group assigned to each chapter could then be asked to type these important details into Kid Pix Studio (or HyperStudio) so that they form a summary sentence and then add an illustration that includes those details to accompany the summary text on a slide.  A five card summary slide show may be the end product. 

Connecting with Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

This template could be created for students prior to reading the novel.  Students complete the Before Reading task, save their work and add to the same file during and after reading.  This example is partially completed, with student's web finished, but Jeffrey Magee's web not yet completed. 


Connecting with Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

This is an example of a finished Venn Diagram completed as the second part of the assignment above.  The images are included for certain reasons; namely the blue house (a familiar home structure), the outside bridge and grass (Jeffrey often slept outside and the bridge reminds him of his parents), the book (because Jeffrey taught his friend Grayson how to read and books were an important element in his home), and the boy with baseball mitt and ball (because Grayson taught Jeffrey how to play baseball and eventually gave him his mitt).  The text box at the bottom is an example of a summary statement that may help students make that final connection between themselves and the main character of this story. 

Map of Julie's Arctic World 
Response Activity for Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

This map was created in Kid Pix Studio. Students were asked to plot Julie's path through the Arctic by first copying and pasting  the outline map of Alaska into a new .bmp file in Kid Pix Studio.  Then they used a map of Alaska to help them label the major cities of Anchorage, Juneau, and the major bodies of water including Yukon River, Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. The map was then used to to label the following locations from the novel: Point Barrow, Point Hope, Wainwright, Barrow, Beaufort Sea, Nunivak Island, and the Avalik River.  Finally, students were asked to revisit the story to help them plot the path that Julie traveled during her trek across the Arctic.  The paint can, drawing tools and text tools were used to label the map. 

Inspiration Screen Shot Ideas 
All About Me

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The Year

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