A couple weeks ago I mentioned the kick off meeting for the next phase of work for the Kids Get a Plan website (www.kidsgetaplan.com) that we did for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Yesterday we had a group of our team and a couple people from the client side to figure out what the topic of the next book will be. The purpose was to create a story for a book that would fit with the rest of the series while also being applicable for 4th graders. The topic ended up being forest/wild fires.
We’ll write the book over the next couple weeks, then give it to our illustrator to draw to and then add it to the website, including the same elements as the other books have on the website: interactive stories where the user can have the story read to them, read on their own with just-in-time help if they get stuck, reading cues to help improve comprehension and a glossary to help increase their vocabulary, instructional activities include games that reinforce the learning from the books, including an activity that allows them to build a disaster supply kit for their own family, downloadable coloring pages, character profiles and fully produced and sound designed depictions of the books are also available. The entire project should be done by the end of this year.