Fractured Fairy Tales

Paper Bag Princess

Use the SCAMPER model to write your own version of one of your favourite fairy tales.

  • S – Substitute. Can you substitute a character with a character from a different story?
  • C – Combine. Can you combine two characters or events into one?
  • A – Add. Can you add in a new character, place or event?
  • M – Magnify, Minify or Modify. What happens if you make a character or object much smaller or larger or change it in an important way? Can you alter the beginning, middle or end of the story or the way the characters act?
  • P – Put to other uses. How else could an object be used? What happens if the characters play different roles or respond to events in different ways?
  • E – Eliminate. What happens if you remove a character, place or event from the story?
  • R – Reverse or Rearrange. How does the story change if you reverse or rearrange the order of events or the roles of the characters?

Use Strip Designer ($3.79) to publish your story.

Remember to include a title and your name and grade.

Use Drawing Pad ($2.49) to illustrate your story.

Strip DesignerDrawing Pad App



The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch

How to Teach Creative Writing (Sample) – Ticking Minds

Thinking Skills Workbook – Anzac Terrace Primary School 

Creatures – Appearing and Disappearing

Pic Collage

This week we were focusing on our skills with Pic Collage.

The steps we went through included:

  • Choosing a topic
  • Collecting three images for our topic; a photo, a clip art image and a line drawing.
  • Saving all three images to our camera roll
  • Saving all three URLs to notes – remembering to include a brief description.
  • Adding a title – choosing an interesting font and a matching colour.
  • Adding our name and grade.
  • Copying and pasting our URLs and descriptions from Notes to Pic Collage
  • Arranging our poster so that they had the WOW factor.
  • Saving our poster to our camera roll.




Email and Drawing Pad

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Emailing Pictures to Friends

  • Select a partner.

  • Enter them as a contact including taking and adding a photo

  • Use Drawing Pad to draw a picture of them.

  • Send the picture to your partner as an email attachment.

Drawing Pad Skills

This week we will be revising our Drawing Pad skills including:

  • using the drawing tools, stamps and erasers

  • entering text

  • sharing emailing our images

Email Skills

We also need to revise our email skills including:

  • Setting up accounts

  • Switching between accounts

  • Adding contacts including photos

  • Sending emails with attachments

Friend 2 Friend 1

The Stolen Generation

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Strip Designer

Use Strip Designer to create a table illustrating your own and other students’ prior knowledge about the Stolen Generation

Strip Designer Skills

  • Create a new document

  • Edit Cells

  • Name your document

  • Enter and edit text

  • Add photos

  • Edit photos

  • Share your Strip Design

Google Images

Hippo Image TextSafe Searching – tips to remember

  • If you can’t find a picture you like in the first 10 rows of your results you will need to refine your search terms. For example change from hippo to baby hippo.
  • Select your search terms very carefully. Beware of words with more than one meaning
  • If images come up that are violent or too sexy or just make you feel yukky in the tummy, press the “home” button and go and tell either your teachers or your parents what has happened. They will be able to help you.

Search Tools

Once you are in Google Images click on search tools to further refine your search.

  • Size – Choose medium or large if you are planning to enlarge the image. This will help prevent your image becoming blurry or pixellated.
  • Colour – This tool allows you to switch between black and white and coloured images.
  • Usage Rules – Always choose “labelled for reuse” if you are planning to use the image online. Remember to include the URL where you found the image and the photographer or artists name.
  • Type – This tool lets you choose between faces, photos, clipart, line drawings and animations.

Saving an image

If you are using Internet Explorer

  • Decide which image you prefer and click to select it.
  • Click view image
  • Press and hold on the image and select save image
  • Remember to copy and paste the URL into your work.

Book Creator Tutorial

Book Creator for iPad is available from the iTunes Store for $5.49.

Our students having been using it to create their own ePubs. They can add images, text and voice recordings to their books before opening them in iBooks.

We haven’t tried but in theory you can also submit your books to the iBookstore.

The app is very intuitive and our students are finding it fun and easy to use.




Passion Project

This week we will be beginning our passion projects.

This will give us an opportunity to demonstrate how well we can use the Information Literacy Process.

This week you will need to:

  • Set up your hard copy project folder
  • Set up your online project folder (in Dropbox)
  • Define your topic


What is the problem you wish to solve?

  • Select your topic (This needs to be new. You can work on a topic you already know lots about but you have to choose a new aspect or issue)
  • Create a concept map showing what you already know about your topic
  • Develop your focus questions
  • Identify your keywords
  • Prepare your research plan
  • Create your data grid

Sample Concept Map (Kidspiration)

Har0003 Antarctia

Sample Data Grid (Word)

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