KidPix 4 Social Studies Projects
Goal: Learn about more Kid Pix tools and create a sample Social Studies project for your
1. Let's explore today’s new tools and the options in the menus. Look around. Think about
how you could use these different features.
So far we've used the regular drawing tools. But there are four spiffy tools you need to explore!
Add backgrounds to your projects. These are great story starters. Not only that, you'll
find lots of ready made projects here. Most of them are slideshows. Later you'll learn to put
slideshows together. Explore the options here.
Add Stickers to your projects. Lots of graphics are available here. Unlike stamps, these
stickers "float" over your picture. They can also be easily resized using the handles or
flipped left/right or top/bottom.
Add Animations to your project. These can also be resized. You can play just one
animation. Or use the big play button to play all the animations on your page.
Add Sound to your project. You can only have one sound on a page at a time. The
Trash can will delete the sound. The Play Button will play the sound and animations on
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There are also several tools to discover in the menu
The Add options assume that you have a file
from another source. If you have a graphic or
sound file, this is where to add it.
Edit ABC Text
Controls Here you can enter different text such as a
student's name or spelling words you're
studying. This option changes the Wacky
Brush ABC option under Brush, Tray 4.
Check Spelling This option is available if you
typed text with the text tool.
Here you'll find several options for controlling Flatten Text This will ‘paint’ the text to the
the sound. If you don't have headphones for background – the box around your text will
your computer, you might want to turn off the disappear and you will NOT be able to move
fun sounds! the text.
Small Kids Mode Idea Machine There are lots of templates of
If you turn this on, the text tool changes to projects available here. Use Feelings to
letter stamps and the colors are shown at all address conflict resolution and responsible
times. behavior. Use the places to explain different
locations in the world (habitats and
environments are in the Social Studies
curriculum as well as Science).
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2. Project Choices
1. Create an example page that could be used
in a Do's and Don'ts mini slide show. For
Divide slide in half vertically
Write Do rule on left side with illustration and
Don't rule on right side with illustration
Examples: Do sit up straight at the computer
and Don't slouch
Do share on the playground and Don't hog
2. Draw a map of the classroom and label. This
helps students with orientation to the
classroom in the fall.
3. Draw a map of your neighborhood.
4. Draw a picture showing the ways your family produces and consumes goods and
5. Use the stickers or backgrounds or a map from backgrounds to identify a place
(geography) or to illustrate a culture. Write a sentence to describe your illustration.
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