The first big writing project in English has the children writing a paragraph that gives directions for a game. Each student chooses a game and then writes simple directions on how to play it.
I get descriptions of all kinds of games from tic-tac-toe to soccer to four square. The main thing is that the children pick a game they know well. It also needs to be a game that can be explained in four or five steps. Any board game that comes with a multipage rule book is not a good choice. This year in addition to publishing our games in writing, we also published them using the Sock Puppets app.
Sock Puppets allows you to choose from six different puppet characters and seven different backgrounds. You can also design your own background or add props to the existing ones. Then you simply record what you would like each puppet to say. The best part is that it changes your voice into a silly puppet voice! Our puppets gave our game directions. The app is free, but if you would like to save your creations to your camera roll, there’s a $0.99 fee. You can also upgrade your recording time for an additional $0.99.
The kids had a fun time using Sock Puppets. And I had a great time watching their performances.
What other ways have you published your students’ writing projects?