"When students are engaged in the process of creating a digital story, they must synthesize a variety of literacy skills for the authentic product: researching, writing, organizing, presenting, interviewing, problem-solving, assessing, as well as employing interpersonal and technology skills. "
- Paige Baggett
Little Bird Tales is a website that allows students to create individualized digital stories. Students can create illustrations on the website, or app, and narrate it with text or record their voice.
Lesson Plan for Little Bird Tales & Frederick by Leo Lionni
Elementary – 2nd Grade Little Bird Tale Project
Objective: Students will write a creative story with illustration, upload it to Little Bird Tales, and publish a digital book.
Task: Students will read "Frederick" by Leo Lionni as a class. Upon completion, students will complete the following sentence: “In(season), (Mouse Name) like to insert verb.” Students will also draw an illustration for their sentence and designated season. They will upload their pictures to Little Bird Tales, re-type their sentence and record the sentence.
Project Steps for classroom activity & students:
1. Read _________________ as a class.
2. Finish reading and review each thing the mouse did during each season.
3. If not already in small group, create groups of four
a. Number off in small groups 1-4
1 – Fall 2- Winter 3- Spring 4- Summer
4. Pass out planning sheet to students
5. As a class, brainstorm
a. 5 verbs for each season (20 verbs total).
b. Mouse name for group
6. Look at planning sheet, fill in the blanks for the sentence:
a. “In (season), (Mouse Name) like to insert verb.”
7. Students will illustrate their sentence at the top of their planning sheet.
Project Steps for teacher :
1. Go to the Little Bird Tales website and sign up for a free account.
2. Click the green Create a Tale button.
a. Click on the box to get a space for drawing the cover art.
b. When you have finished drawing, click the Save button at the bottom.
c. Close the drawing window by clicking on the X in the upper right hand corner.
d. Look below the cover picture and add your own tale title (remember to capitalize each important word in the title).
e. Click the green Save & Continue button in the lower right hand corner.
3. For each additional page of your book, click on the Tale Page Art window and draw the artwork for the page.
a. You don't need to use the text tool. Remember to always click the Save button at the bottom of the window.
4. Then, write your page's text below it and click the green Save button in the upper right hand corner.
5. It will automatically be added to the page sorter on the right hand side.
a. Click and drag to move pages if you need to.
6. You can click the blue Preview button at any time to watch your story book.
7. Follow directions 4-6 for each additional page.
Student and Teacher Recording Directions:
1. Once you have uploaded your image, or completed the illustration, click the round green "record" button.
2. Student and/or teacher can record their voice reading the story.
3. When finished, click "stop". You can replay your recording by clicking "play" to hear the recording.
Make sure you click "SAVE" after each page recording.