Puppet Pals in PK

I had an amazing lesson last week with Pre-K.  They are learning how to use Puppet Pals.  They have been studying a unit on stories and story telling, so we have been teaching them how to use Puppet Pals.  

Today I taught them how to add their own backdrop.  They picked it up in no time flat!  They have already learned how to add puppets both from the given list and making their own, move them and record. 

This week I showed them how to add their own backdrop.  They took a picture of the slide on the playground, then they recorded a character giving a rule for how to use the slide.  They were done with this so quickly that we had time for a discussion afterward.  

We talked about all of the things that we knew about how to use Puppet Pals.  Even though we have been learning these skills for the last three weeks, they could all tell me what they knew how to do.  It was amazing to sit with them while they thought of something that had not been said.  They are a great group of students who seem, despite their age, to be able to build on their learning very effectively. 

When I asked them what we could do next week they said that they are building a fairy castle garden.  They then decided that they could take pictures of their garden as the back drop and they could make costume prop items for themselves this week.  Then next week they can dress up and take pictures of themselves as the characters to put into their garden.  I am very excited to see what they produce!

This is a video that was produced by two boys who wanted to do the three little pigs but Puppet Pals doesn’t have three pigs!  They do have three astronauts!

Puppet Pals

I taught grade four how to use Puppet Pals today. After a bit of an explore with adding characters and backgrounds, I asked them to tell me ideas that they had for ways to use Puppet Pals in the class other than for story telling.  These are some of their ideas.

  • Use it as a planner for a drama.  Before you act out a drama, make it on Puppet Pals so that everyone can see what they are suppose to do.
  • Use it as a presentation tool.  Create backgrounds that work like slides.
  • Use it to explain something like a diagram.  Have a picture of the diagram as the back ground and have a character point out the different things in the diagram.
  • Use it to record our Monday Message (weekly lower school news cast).  Thanks Cerys!!
  • Have a “scientist” explain something to you.  The scientist is the puppet and the background is what they are explaining.
  • Use it to explain a math problems.
  • Use it to show someone who was absent how to do something that they missed.

I am always amazed at the variety of answers that the students come up with when we don’t prompt them.  They came up with so many more than I would have if I had sat down and tried to think about ideas.  Thank you grade four!