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Christa Love

About Christa Love

Christa Love, Vice President - Christa Love has a passion for education and technology. A graduate from Brock University she has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior divisions, and Masters of Education in the area of Curriculum Studies. Her work at TechnoKids Inc. began more than ten years ago as an instructor at a local learning center. Since that time she has operated the summer camp program, taught at the research and development center at John Knox Christian School, trained educators throughout the province on issues related to technology integration, and overseen the curriculum development of hundreds of technology projects. In recent years, Christa has become the vice president of TechnoKids Inc.

Bookmaking Ideas to Celebrate Learning

Are you looking for bookmaking ideas? TechnoBookmaking has activities for making flip, folding, and accordion style books. Once students have finished making their stories, showcase their work. There are many ways to share students’ books with others.

Create a Real Audience for Students’ Books

  • Book Nook: Place your books on a classroom shelf. Classmates can read the books.
  • Reading Circle: Form a small group. Take turns reading your stories.
  • Book Buddies: Visit the kindergarten classroom to read books to the children.
  • Book Exchange: Pair up with a fellow student. Take turns reading each other’s books.
  • Book Launch: Promote a book. Make a poster to encourage readers to read your story. Create copies of your book and sign them for fans. Give away your book to friends and family members.
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    Encourage Reluctant Readers to Share their Books

  • Book Booster Club: Form a club. Read a book. Each reader shares one thing they really like about the book. Comments can be about the storyline, illustrations, computer skills, or creativity.
  • Book Talk: Share your favorite book with the class or a small group. Talk about the story or design. For example: Where did you get the idea? What problems did you need to overcome? Why is it your favorite? What did you learn? What would you do differently next time?
  • Library Display: Arrange books on a table top. Create an eye-catching sign such as Beautiful Bookmaking, Grade 2 Bookmakers, or Discover Our Budding Authors.
  • Bookmaking Workshop: Pair up with a student from another class. Show them one of your books. Teach the student how to make their own book.
  • Young Author’s Conference: Be a local author and bookmaking expert. Team up to organize a school-wide conference. Invite students from other classes to learn how to make books. Read your stories to attendees and lead them through a bookmaking activity.

Discover Bookmaking Ideas and Activities

Integrate technology into language arts. Use the step by step instructions and templates in TechnoBookmaking. This project contains bookmaking ideas suitable for Grades 1-6.

Benefits of Bookmaking Activities

Bookmaking activities offer many benefits to students. Have your students make accordion, flip, folding books, and more.

  • Motivate Reluctant Writers: Bookmaking is a fun activity. Templates support students during the writing process, which makes it easier to organize ideas. In addition, many books can be made using minimal text. This offers a relief to reluctant writers. Fabulous stories can be created using only a few sentences.
  • Provide a Real Audience: Bookmaking activities give students an authentic purpose for writing. They are making books for people to read. Books can be displayed in the classroom or library. They can be shared with others as part of a book exchange, reading circle, or book buddies program. Having a real audience for their stories, motivates writers to do their best work.
  • Spark Creativity: There are many types of books students can make. For example, they can create accordion, flip, and folding books. The range of publication types allow students to express their ideas in an interesting way.
  • Develop a Positive Attitude Towards Books: The act of making books is fun. When students publish their own books, they feel pride in their accomplishment. By sharing their stories with others, they gain confidence in themselves as authors.
  • Improve Writing Skills: Bookmaking activities have students engage in stages of the writing process. They organize their ideas, express their thoughts, and edit the text. This enhances their spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.
  • Boost Reading Skills: Students can read stories made by themselves and others. Since the content is written by children they have words which are often easier to read. This allows students to practice decoding and comprehension skills using suitable texts.
  • Personalize Learning: Making books is an excellent way to encourage students to explore their own interests. When students choose topics or ideas they find interesting, writing becomes personally meaningful.
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Bookmaking Activities Benefit Students

Bookmaking Activities and Templates

Are you looking for bookmaking templates? TechnoKids Inc. has a technology project, TechnoBookmaking, with over 10 inspiring templates. Discover the possibilities!

Bookmaking Lessons – NEW! TechnoBookmaking

In TechnoBookmaking, students make, print, and share books. The bookmaking lessons have students become authors and illustrators of fiction and non-fiction books. They use templates to make a picture book, flip flap story, unfolding riddle book, layer book of facts, bookmarks, greeting card, and more! Extension activities include additional templates that offer unlimited creativity. Rethink how Google Slides or PowerPoint can be used in language arts. Explore the possibilities with bookmaking.

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Bookmaking Lessons for Elementary Students

What is Included with TechnoBookmaking?

TechnoBookmaking includes a teacher guide for curriculum planning, student worksheets to support learning, and resources to inspire creativity. The project comes with 14 templates to make accordion, flip, and folding books. In addition, there are 20 sample books that demonstrate how to make bookmaking cross-curricular. As well, the TechnoBookmaking project has customizable assessment tools, parent letter, and certificate.

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Integrate Bookmaking Lessons into Curriculum

Language Arts and Story Writing

In the technology project, TechnoBookmaking, the bookmaking lessons include detailed instructions explaining how to make books using Google Slides or PowerPoint. Bookmaking has students apply the stages of the writing process to publish books. Use these materials to teach a bookmaking unit or select activities throughout the school year for story writing. A story generator and planning sheet are included with the lesson plans to help students organize ideas.

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Bookmaking Activities – Create a Flap Book

Cross-Curricular Unit and Bookmaking

All templates can be used to have primary and elementary students create books about topics in social studies, science, geography, or history. Assembly and folding instructions are included for each publication type. Discover the possibilities! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Days of the Week: Learn about the days of the week by making simple picture books using the Accordion Box template. Arrange books on a table using the Stand Up Book folding option.
  • Community: Teach young children about their city or town. Use the Accordion Zip Zag template to write about where they live. This looks great using the Fold Out Book folding option.
  • Family: Use the Accordion Heart template to identify family members. This publication prints best as a Mini Book.
  • Sounds: Explore the senses. Have students write about the noises they hear. Use the Flip Sounds template.
  • Habitat: Using the Flip template, make a flip flap book called Where do I live? On each page describe the habitat and give clues about who might live there. The flap hides a picture of the animal.
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    Integrate Bookmaking Lessons into Curriculum

  • Community Helpers: Learn about people working in the community. Create a riddle book with clues about a job using the Riddle template.
  • Animals: Report animal facts in an interesting way. Create a riddle book with clues about animal appearance, diet, and habitat.
  • Seasons: Illustrate the weather and activities people do each season. Use the Layer 4 template to sort the book in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
  • Map Making: Help students understand where they live in the world. Use the Layer 5 template. Divide the book into the headings Me, My Street, My City, My State, and My Country.
  • Biography: Create a book about an important person. The Layer or Fact templates provide options to divide facts.
  • Landforms: Discover interesting facts about the Earth. Use the Fact template to describe landforms or natural events.

TechnoBookmaking and Bookmaking Lessons

TechnoBookmaking has lessons teachers can use to have students make books. Bookmaking is a fun activity that motivates reluctant writers. Spark creativity in your students with bookmaking templates and instructions for Google Slides and PowerPoint.

Spanish Support Materials for English Language Learners

Spanish support materials can improve academic achievement. While Hispanic students are learning English, it is beneficial to provide them with instructional materials that are in their home language. This allows them to apply their current knowledge to develop new skills.

Spanish Technology Projects Support Learning

Do you need Spanish resources to support English Language Learners? TechnoKids Inc. has a Spanish Bundle for Google Apps to support English Language Learners. The bundle is a collection of technology projects. Each project includes a teacher guide for curriculum planning, student workbook with handbooks to promote independence, and resources to reinforce learning.

  • The teacher guide for each technology project is available in English and Spanish. This allows a teacher to organize lessons.
  • The student workbook for each technology project is available in Spanish. The provides learners with detailed instructions they can follow. They can then complete the work in English independently because they have a firm understanding of the task.
  • The resources such as sample files are in Spanish to provide a model of a completed project.

5 Reasons to Use Spanish Support Materials

It is a good idea to build on language learners existing knowledge and skills. Using Spanish support materials to complete schoolwork in English has many advantages:

  1. Pride in Home Language: When teachers use instructions in the student’s first language it demonstrates that English is not a replacement of their first language. Instead, it is an addition. This allows the student to feel pride in their home language and not view it as a disadvantage. It is important for learners to recognize that knowing their first language is relevant to academic success in their new language.
  2. Increase Academic Achievement: English Language Learners are expected to meet curriculum standards. This can be difficult when they are not proficient in English. Using Spanish materials to explain the instructions allows students to understand the steps to completing a task. This increases the likelihood of academic success.
  3. Reduce Cognitive Load: Completing an assignment can be very difficult for English Language Learners. They struggle to understand the instructions, learn the content, and then apply their skills to demonstrate their knowledge in English. Using Spanish materials reduces the cognitive load. Attention switches from comprehending the task. Instead, students can focus on organizing ideas and writing in a foreign language.
  4. Boost Skills: Teaching using Spanish materials helps English Language Learners. The resources develop vocabulary and concepts in their first language. This boosts cognitive skills.
  5. Encourage Independence: English Language Learners benefit when they can take charge of their learning. Spanish resources allow them to work independently. This makes them feel confident which encourages risk taking in learning a new language.

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Spanish Support Materials that Integrate Technology

English Language Learners need to function in an information and technology based society. The Spanish Bundle for Google Apps teaches essential 21st Century skills. Activities target word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and Internet research skills.

The fun lessons integrate technology into subject areas such as language arts and mathematics. The Spanish Bundle for Google Apps includes three technology projects. These are TechnoToon, TechnoResearch, and TechnoCandy. The instructions and resources are in Spanish. This allows learners to understand how to use technology. They can then apply their skills to use English to complete the project.

  • In TechnoToon, students learn how to tell a digital story. This is an excellent way to build writing skills. The activity uses Google Slides.
  • In TechnoResearch, the lesson plans explain how to conduct research to learn about a topic. Students arrange the information to create a fact card. Google Docs is used to complete the task.
  • In TechnoCandy, students follow detailed lessons to use spreadsheets. They analyze, graph, and calculate data. This helps them to develop a plan to boost candy sales. A report outlines their solution. The assignments use Google Sheets and Google Docs.

Learn More About Spanish Bundle for Google Apps

The Spanish Bundle for Google Apps provides teachers of English Language Learners with helpful materials. Students have support in their home language. This gives them the skills and confidence they need to succeed. Learn more about the Spanish Bundle for Google Apps.