Fun and Easy Ways to Connect Technology with Literacy


Technology is a way of doing.  It is about using tools, identifying problems, being inventive and making things work. Below are various books and activities to connect technology with literature!

 

Basher: Go! Go! Bobo Colors by Simon Basher

Bouncy Bobo can’t sit still. He just has to bounce his way across the pages of this book, painting everything he sees. From yellow ducks, to blue butterflies, orange carrots, pink piggies, red roses, and green apples, his brush does the job. Young readers will love Bobo’s high-energy approach, and the reassuring rainbow that waits at the end!

Children can explore various tools to create similar paintings.  They can also explore chromatography- the study of separating color.

A simple science experiment is having each child write on a coffee filter with a black pen.  Using a dropper, ask the children to add drops of water to the ink marks and watch.  The colors combined to make the black ink will separate and be seen.

 

The Beautiful Oops! By Barney Saltzberg

This book has a wonderful life lesson all children should learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. Mistakes can be a great thing! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a source of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Create OOPS art by providing the children with various tools to create their masterpiece- paintbrush, comb, sponge,  q-tips, crumbled paper, scissors, etc.

 

Frederick by Leo Lionni

This book has a theme of spirit and how the simple things can help you survive hard times.

Children can identify the field mouse’s problems and can explore ways to make things work.

Extend the story by exploring hibernation – What other types of animals hibernate for the winter?  How long do they hibernate?  Do they collect food before the winter (like the mice) or do they eat a lot of food and build up a layer of fat (like bears do) before they hibernate?

Children can compare mice with rats.

 

 

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

This book explores personal identity, change, and happiness.  Feeling common, the chameleon’s wish to change into many other animals he sees is granted until he is so far removed from his true self, he wishes to change back and learns to appreciate himself.

Conduct an experiment to find out which items, when combined with grape juice, cause a change in color.  Test water, baking soda, vinegar, orange juice, salt, cotton balls and q-tips.

Explore primary colors – red, yellow, blue and how to mix together to make secondary colors.

 

 

 

Kristian Cannizzo, Education Coordinator, is responsible for The Children’s Museum’s educational enrichment and outreach program – Science On The Go!  She also designs and teaches STEM programs, babysitting classes and other programs for young learners at the Museum. Krissy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Study with a concentration in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and over fifteen years of experience working with children as an educator and child care director locally and nationally for the CWLA in Washington, DC.  She is the mother of two active young boys

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