Roosevelt Elementary Kindergartners used technology this week to bring their drawings to life.
The activity was based on a book by Jan Thomas called "Rhyming Dust Bunnies" that teacher Emily Bren used to teach rhyme.
"It's four dust bunnies, and they all have four names that rhyme, except the last one," Bren said. "The one dust bunny will start and say, 'What rhymes with cat?' The next one will say, 'Hat, mat,' and the last one, his stuff never rhymes. He's yelling 'Look out!' One time he yells, 'Run, vacuum cleaner!' ... The kids just think it's hilarious because it doesn't rhyme."
Each student drew their own dust bunny and rhyme for it to say.
"We put a speech bubble next to it, and it had to rhyme. It had a sentence starter like 'What rhymes with cat?' They had two pictures that they cut out and glued on, and it was their job to read the rhymes that go with it," Bren said.
K-5 Technology Integration Coach Lexi Steiner showed them how to make their dust bunny drawing talk in a video using the app Chatterpix Kids.
"They can do the same thing with taking a picture of themselves," she said. "They could make their mouth speak. You just draw your line to make the mouth in the right spot on your picture, and then you can record whatever you want it to say. You can decorate it. Some of the kids put balloons around their pictures, or they changed it to a rainbow background."
Steiner made QR codes for their dust bunny drawing that linked to their videos when scanned.
"We just talked a little bit about how it links it to their video. Each one of them has their own different code, and you have to scan yours if you want to see your video. If you scan somebody else's code, it's going to take you to their video," she said.
The students practiced scanning QR codes, then got the opportunity to share their dust bunnies with their parents.
"I had it set up for parent teacher conferences this week. While they were waiting, they got to come and look at them. We had the kids all go out there and practice how to scan it using the QR code reader or the camera on your phone. ... When I would go to get the next parent, you would see a lot of the kids were teaching the parent how to do it," Bren said.