Friday, April 5, 2013

Goodbye, Mr. Troll, A Rolling You Go...


My little girl is sick today so we are at home. She is taking a looooong nap, so it's given me a chance to work on my latest project which I just uploaded to TPT. My mom used to tell this version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to me when I was little. I wanted her to tell it to me all. the. time. It has a song in it that the goats sing. Anyway, a few years ago, we found a record at her house and it was the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The troll had a song too. I wish I could find a link so you could hear the song. I wrote it up as a readers' theatre last week and have been working on my own clipart. I bought some from melonheadz illustrations and it was very cute. But I love to draw and wanted to make my own.

 

Whew! There has got to be an easier way to make clipart. I don't have any expensive programs like photoshop. I downloaded Inkscape (free) and tried to scan my handdrawn pictures in. That didn't really work. So I drew them on the computer which I had never tried before. It took a good while, but I finally finished. I think they turned out rather cute.



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I want to make my own clipart to sell one day but I can't figure out how to get rid of the white background. Does anyone know how to turn your drawings into clipart without it taking forever? I'm sure there are programs out there.

 

Here is the link to Three Billy Goats Gruff: A Differentiated Readers' Theatre Station.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Three-Billy-Goats-Gruff-A-Differentiated-Readers-Theatre-Station

 

There are two versions- one on grade level and one for students who read on about a 1.3-1.4 level. My kids loved the Little Red Riding Hood one I made. I used it as a literacy station with only one or two kids. It was probably the only station where somebody wasn't playing. (Do your kids ever do that? Maybe it's just mine...)   I'm thinking about making one for Peter's Chair. That's our story for this week. That one might have to be a freebie. I'm not sure about copyright laws on stuff like that. But if I make it, I'll post it on tpt.

 

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