Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Thunder Cake!

Just completed the Animated Step-by-Step recipe for Thunder Cake!



























This ASbyS resource is a lovely complement to the story Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. The original story is about a little girl who is terrified by thunder. Her Grandma explains that the time between seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder is indicative of the proximity of the storm. The Grandma then distracts the little girl by enlisting her help in making a Thunder Cake and encouraging her to count the diminishing time between the lightning and the thunder clap. The little girl is so distracted by the race to gather and assemble the ingredients and the need to count the time between the  lightning strike and the thunder clap, that she completely loses her fear of the thunder. 

 To reinforce a ‘science agenda’ within this recipe resource, I have embedded a series of ‘lightning and thunder’ animated slides that map the approach of an imaginary storm. By the time the cake is baked and frosted, the lightning and the thunder are almost simultaneous … The storm has arrived and the cake is done!



























As always, there are three versions of this resource: Regular, PCS, and SymbolStix 

This resource can be displayed on the 'big screen' (interactive whiteboard, large screen TV using Apple TV) or the 'small screen' (computer monitor, iPad/Android tablet or iPhone using the free Microsoft PowerPoint app specific to each). 

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Different Packaging? ... Make It Into a Literacy Teachable Moment

There are definitely regional differences in food products across the country. Packaged food products might not look the same in different parts of the country but they are typically labelled with text that confirms that we are indeed working with the intended product. Obviously if you are using an ASbyS in a non-English speaking country you might want to customize the resource with images of your products labeled in your language. This can be easily achieved by right clicking (control click) on the resource image … select the Change Picture command … and navigate to where your product resides (created as a .png with a transparent background).
When selecting images to depict food products such as flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa I typically strive to include images where the confirming text is highly visible on the product. This sets the stage nicely for a teachable, literacy moment and another instance of highlighting the importance of learning to read. "It doesn't look the same as our package. Let's look closer … I think that says … f-l-o-u-r. What do you think? ... the same?" You can enlarge the screen to 'zero in on' the text or use the PowerPoint pen tool (command p while in slide show mode on the Mac) to underline or circle the text on the product.
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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Video of Amazing Dog Tricks Animated Step-by-Step

This resource is available through Teachers Pay Teachers in 3 formats: Regular, PCS & SymbolStix https//teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bloom

Monday, November 16, 2020

Video of My Little Wagon - An Animated Step-by-Step Resource


This video simulates the interactive use of the Animated Step-by-Step resource,  My Little Wagon.  This resource is a available from Teachers Pay Teachers in 3 formats: Regular (no symbol support), PCS and SymbolStix.  Both complex (Reg, PCS, SymStix) and simple versions (Reg, PCS, SymStix) are available. The Complex versions simultaneously target several descriptors  (e.g. big red ball vs big yellow truck); the Simple versions  target one item at a time, e.g. just size, or just color, or just the requested item. 




 

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Special Educator

Friday, November 13, 2020

Video of Goldilocks & the Three Bears - An Animated Step-by-Step Resource


 


Goldilocks and the Three Bears is available from Teachers Pay Teachers in 4 formats: Regular (no symbol support), PCS (Tobii Dynavox), SymbolStix (n2y) and VI (a high contrast version designed to better address the needs of students with visual challenges, although it does seem to work equally well with some students on the Autism Spectrum)







 

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Augmentative Communication Consultant

Special Educator