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ToonDoo in Social Studies

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Book Maker!

By: Amani Thigpen, Kelly Crotser, Kimberly Garza, and Christel Mayo



What is ToonDoo Bookmaker?

     Toondoo bookmaker is a interactive webpage that allows you to take premade comic strips into a book  format. (Refer to ToonDoo wiki in Writing to learn how to make the comic strips)




How do you use ToonDoo Book:


Step 1: On ToonDoo homepage, click on the Book Maker icon. Refer to picture below.









Step 2: The picture below shows the next page. As you can see, all the pre made comics are below the book.









Step 3:Drag each comic into the book maker box. It will ask you where you want to place the comic.








Step 4: This is what it will look like once you have placed the comic into the book


Step 5: Once all your comics are placed into your book, turn to the last page to insert your title, description, and any tags you want to include. Then click publish.








Step 6: Once you hit publish, the screen below will pop up. You can choose to view it or choose to see other books you have made. Your book is now complete!


Too look at our book example click here:  http://www.toondoo.com/myBooks.toon




How to use this in Social Studies:




Cartoon YOU!


Kimberly Garza, Christel Mayo, Amani Thigpin, Kelly Crotser

Grade Level: Kingergarten

Social Studies

1 Hour





Colorado Academic Standards

Grade Level: Kindergarten


Content Area: Social Studies

1. History

2. The first component in the concept of chronology is to place information in sequential order.

Content Area: Reading Writing and Communication

            3. Writing and Composition

                        1.Text types and purposes, labels, and familiar words are used to communicate information and ideas.







Objectives- Students will create a personal comic (Cartoon YOU!) strip on Toondoo.com, introducing themselves to the class using chronological order.






Materials List-

Computer lab

Teacher scaffold created timeline


Printer paper

Internet access

Parent Participation






Teacher Preparation


Be familiar with the Toondoo.com website.

Create an example cartoon utilizing chronological events.

Create Toondoo.com accounts for each student in the class.

Send newsletter to parents explaining upcoming project and request assistance in the computer lab or at home if students need additional help.

Coordinate time in the computer lab with technology teacher.

Create timeline for classroom from 2005 to 2007 with months of the year to display around the room for students to display their printed cartoon of their birthdates.

Print list of requirements for students cartoon (ie: introduce themselves with name, birthdate, family dynamic).






Instructional Procedures and Activities


  1. Review previous lesson on chronology 
  2. Create a timeline to tape on a wall around the classroom (2005-2007, including months).
  3. Open lesson by asking students “How many of you love cartoons or comics?”
  4.  Inform the students that they will be learning about the chronology of their life through the use of technology. 
  5. Hand out the chronology requirements for their cartoon (Hand-out 1).
  6. Show the students the teacher created comic and explain chronology. 
  7. Have students point out chronological events in the example cartoon to assess understanding of previous lesson on chronology. If necessary, explain. 
  8. Pass out each student's user ID, reminding them they are responsible for carrying them to the computer lab. 
  9. Have students line up to go to the computer lab. Remind them of the quiet walking rules down the hallway. 

10.  When students are seated at their computer, model how to log onto the Toondoo.com website.  

11.  Next, model the steps to create a cartoon. You may reference the steps on You Tube http://im.youtube.com/watch?v=PgPTMP82-Hg

12.  Tell students to refer to the requirements on their handout before beginning captions on their cartoon.

13.  Remind student s to follow all requirements as this will be a part of their assessment/grade.

14.  Have volunteers walk around and assist students who need extra help.  

15.  Have those students who completed their cartoon, print it and bring to teacher. If there is time allow students to create another cartoon.

16.  For those students who did not complete the cartoon in the computer lab they may either finish it at home or they will be provided time during the week at classroom computers.

17.  Assess the cartoons for the requirements from the handout as they are turned in and record grade.

18.  Return to classroom and hand back students cartoons with a piece of tape.

19.  Have students place cartoon on the timeline in the month and day they were born.

20.  Discuss timeline and compare birthday sequences of all the students in the classroom.

21.  Inform students they will be exploring differences and similarities in the lives of children and families of long ago and today. 





Students Evaluation/Assessment

Chronological events in each students cartoon has been met based on handout one.







Accommodations and Adaptations


Special needs students who need to use adaptive equipment can have added assistance from a para-educator. If a student cannot use a computer they may draw on an IPAD their cartoon.

Allow struggling students to draw only 1 picture with their name and date of birth only.

Allow accelerated students to produce a cartoon book with more than 3 slides (ex: they can add parents, siblings, pets).








Extension Activities


Student will explore differences and similarities in the lives of children and families of long ago and today.

















Teacher Reflections


Students are acquiring knowledge of sequencing, how to access the web, how to utilize a mouse and keyboard; and how to navigate a website. Students are organizing thoughts by creating a sequential cartoon (they have chronological requirements; they cannot just create a cartoon about what they are thinking at the time). Students are sharing knowledge about themselves, which helps the students get to know each other and identify birthdays in a sequential order through a technologically visual way.






Hand-out 1:



1. First slide: Name and birthday.

2. Second Slide: Favorite birthday.

3. Third Slide: Next birthday.


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