Book Talk Movies with iPads

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
Lesson Plan Details
2 Weeks
Students will learn how to create a slideshow movie on a chapter book.
iPad, iPhoto App, Sonic Pics Lite App, headsets

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to create a book talk outline for students to follow, create a scoring rubric, and become familiar with the Sonic Pic Lite App.



In this lesson, students will

  1. Create a book talk on a chapter book following a book talk outline. This could be a book of a certain genre or category.
  2. Students will practice their book talk using connecting words to join the ideas. Students will need to practice their book talk orally with a partner, and at home, until it sounds like a “radio read”. 
  3. After their book talk is well rehearsed, students will start to create their slideshow movie by taking a photo that will enhance their book talk. This may be a photo of the book cover, a photo of themselves reading the book, or a favorite scene from the book.
  4. Students will use the iPhoto App to rotate and crop their photos.
  5. Once their photo is ready, students will upload it to the Sonic Pic Lite App.
  6. Students may then record their voice using the app. The image will automatically be synchronized to their recording. Using headsets with a microphone, or creating a “recording studio” in an office or quiet part of the classroom, will help with background noise. Students should review their recording and rerecord if needed.
  7. Students will add a unique description of their book talk along with a title.
  8. When the recording is finished, students will email the recording to an email address where they turn in their work. The recording will appear .m4v movie.
  9. Movies can be shown in iTunes or uploaded as Podcasts on a classroom website.

Recordings can be shared with the whole class, in small groups, or viewed outside of class as podcasts. 


Students will have produced a slideshow movie of a chapter book that can be shared with classmates and families. 

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3A. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR3A. Take responsibility for decisions and actions and anticipate consequences of decisions and actions.
CR4A. Maintain regular attendance and be on time.
Problem Solving: 
CR2E. Develop a plan to implement the selected course of action.
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
CR3F. Speak clearly, accurately and in a manner appropriate for the intended audience when giving oral instructions, technical reports and business communications.
Employment Foundations: 
CR5A. Apply academic knowledge and technical skills in a career context.
CR5B. Select, apply, and maintain tools and technologies appropriate for the workplace.