Who would have guessed that Legos would be such a hit with students!?! A few weeks ago, I presented the fourth graders with a challenge – Create an ABC book made with Legos (and the fantastic Book Creator app) to share with our Kindergarten students. I was amazed at the excitement this idea generated! (Although I’m thinking the excitement was from getting to create with Legos, not from sharing the book.)
This was a joint project with all three of our fourth grade classes so we had to divide the alphabet letters between everyone. I asked the students to get into groups of two or three and write their top three letter choices.
After handing out assignments, we discussed what needed to be included on each page.
- The alphabet letter (large and obvious!)
- Picture of the Lego creation(s) that correspond to the alphabet letter
- Text that labels the Lego objects
- Recorded voice stating “(Name of letter) is for . . .”
- Optional: some type of video to show the making of the object or to highlight the letter
For the video component, I suggested the following apps:
- MyCreate (stop motion animation) – $4.99
- iMovie (trailer or short video telling about letter and object)
- Tellagami – free
- ChatterPix Kids – free
Surprisingly, no one chose Tellagami or ChatterPix! I think most liked the idea of the stop motion animation. What excited me is that several incorporated app-smashing – on their own! They would bring their MyCreate video into iMovie for editing, to add music, etc.
Fortunately we had plenty of Legos – I raided my grown-up son’s stash, bought a few more buckets, and had some very sweet girls donate some of their collection.
I have never seen such excitement about a project! Except for a couple minor squabbles, the students worked well together. They all learned the importance of sharing ideas and compromising. The students absolutely loved having the opportunity to create in their own way. And, they did a great job pulling everything together to create their letter page.
The book isn’t perfect and sometimes it’s a stretch to figure out how the Lego structure goes with the letter. As chief editor, I did omit some videos that really had nothing to do with the letter they were trying to represent. We had a few groups who were more interested in making iMovies about themselves. However, when it was pointed out that this is a book for young children, they made some adjustments.
Here is the link to the ebook: Lego ABC Book
Tips for downloading the ABC Lego Book:
- Click on the above link while on an iOS device with the iBooks app installed.
- Download then choose open in iBooks. The file is very large so please be patient!
If you are unable to download the ebook, click here to view the video (same content as the book).
Here’s a look at the process of making the book.
The project took longer than anticipated. What I learned is that a week of 40 minute sessions with each 4th grade class wasn’t long enough! Most groups built and rebuilt till they had the “perfect” structure. They HAD to finish the building part in a week’s time so that the next group could start. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have had enough Legos! Putting the book together didn’t take more than a couple of days.