Ten Great Ways to Use Popplet in the Kindergarten Classroom

Popplet is just perfect for the curious young hands and minds of Kindergarten students. With its highly intuitive and simple interface, thoughts and ideas are easily transferred, visualised and mapped using colors, images, text and drawings: A humble canvas for the limitless potential of our youngest users, who never fail to amaze us.

Frog-Research

One reason Poppet is such a success with the early school years, is that it is a versatile enough tool to be employed effectively across the whole spectrum of Kindergarten subjects, we often see Popplet work from every area of the Kindergarten curriculum:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Another reason for Popplet’s popularity might be that behind every great Kindergartener, there is a great Kindergarten teacher proudly publishing the best of their student’s Popplet work, and we’re very glad that they do, because we are able to share it here.

Character Analysis: The Gingerbread Man

There are times in Kindergarten, as in life, when you just gotta get the facts straight, especially if it involves cookies and stories – you know, the good stuff. Teacher Claire Brown knows this, and so did her eager students when they put one of childhood’s legendary miscreants, The Gingerbread Man, under the microscope. And although everyone involved now understands this Cookie’s colorful character better than before, alas we are still no closer to answering the question that has long puzzled experts on the subject: Why did The Gingerbread Man really run away?

The Gingerbread Man

Animal Popplets 

Kindergarten students love animals, and learning all the amazing facts about animals helps Kindergarteners to understand and appreciate the world we share – it’s also a lot of fun. Take a look at this Giraffe popplet, part of an activity from Technology In Early Childhood:

With a few images and a few facts, Kindergarteners can produce the most amazing animal infographics. It can be plants, insects, rivers…spiders! – spiders are very popular with Kindergarteners.

Making Ice Cream

Doing stuff on Popplet is always a lot of fun, but making ice cream, and making a popplet about making ice cream is about as fun as it gets:  just ask Miss Bailey’s very lucky students. Or better still, check out their happy smiling faces in the popplets they made to document their culinary prowess – priceless!

Making Ice Cream

Letter Popplets: A , B , C…
A Popplet favorite: Give the students a letter, then off they go searching for objects in the classroom or corridoors that begin with that letter, finally producing a Popplet that documents their findings. The little Cougars at Clarksville Academy went in quest of  all things beginning with “P” in this activity with QR Codes and made their teacher shared these popplets:

Letter P Popplets 2Letter P Popplets

This activity can be adapted for any letter and students can write, draw and even use their iPads to photograph the objects they discover, and add these images to their popplet boards, like in Staci Robinson’s splendid video demonstrating how students made Letter Popplets in her classroom:

Opposite Pairs
The development of reading and writing skills is a primary goal in Kindergarten, and we see this reflected in the very large number of wonderfully educational literacy Popplets that are shared daily on Popplet’s social media pages. One of our recent favorites was the beautifully simple Opposite Pairs, from the Kindergarten class of Kara Bunch:

Opposite pairs

Shapes: a Popplet Lesson Plan

Geometry learning begins in Kindergarten and Popplet is great for  learning the names of shapes and the different shapes of objects. Melissa Waltz set her students the task of photographing things of a certain shape, with impressive results:

Nicky Shape Popplet

Comparing and Contrasting
Honing the valuable skills of comparing and contrasting is a lifelong process, which often begins in the Kindergarten class. Popplet let’s students produce rich graphics that demonstrate an understanding of how things are different, and how things are the same. Check out this tasty contribution from the Kindergarten class of Claire Brown:
Compare and Contrast

Word Families: A Popplet Lesson Plan

Creating connections between words which have something in common builds vocabulary strengthens literacy skills, increases general knowledge and just happens to be the perfect work for Popplet. Wonderfully demonstrated in this Word Family activity from Kirsten Wideen with Word Popplets courtesy of her class:

Word Families

Character, Setting and Plot

It’s not just ice cream and cookies that Kindergartener’s love, they also love a good story. Kindergarten is the place where fact begins its separation from fiction and the common tale is broken down into its parts as in this Character, Setting Plot activity from Miss Larnerd:

Character, Setting, Plot

In this activity, the drawings were added to Popplet as images.

Popplets for Organizing and Planning Thoughts Before Writing
Kndergarten students can learn to take advantage of Popplet as an organizer, especially when it comes to planning their literary work as in these Popplets by Teacher and Blogger Melissa Waltz:

Planning 1

Planning 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great big thank you to everybody whose work features here and to Kindergarteners and Kindergarten teachers everywhere. Kindergarteners love learning, and they love learning with Popplet!

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