Students come up with turkey alternatives for Thanksgiving dinner and create a Tellagami project explaining from the turkey's point of view why Thanksgiving dinner would be better if turkey was NOT on the menu.
- Begin by drawing a turkey using free iPad apps such as Hand Turkey or DoodleBuddy. Creative turkey drawings are then saved to the camera roll.
- Students research the first Thanksgiving using books or websites (Scholastic has a GREAT thematic lesson with resources at Teaching About the First Thanksgiving) to determine what other types of foods could be selected as an alternative to turkey.
- Students use a word processing program to write a short, persuasive paragraph describing the new food from the turkey's point of view.
- Students tap CHARACTER within the Tellagami app to create a customized talking avatar (clothes, hair, shoes, eyes, gender, voice, and skin tone) who will attempt to persuade the audience about the new food choice. Students tap BACKGROUND to toggle to the camera roll to import their turkey drawing. Students may choose to record their own voices reading their persuasive paragraph or may copy/paste their paragraph from the word processing program. *Note: Tellagami limits recording to 30 seconds or typed text to 440 characters.
- The completed project (Gami) can be emailed, posted to Facebook, or Tweeted, which also generates a link to share. You can also view your movie online and get the embed code. Consider embedding the finished products on a class wiki or blog. You can also save them to your iPad photos, which is what I like to do. From there, Gamis can be combined together in iMovie or incorporated into other apps like Educreations or Explain Everything.