Good news! Nine years after the initial post, I have written online versions of one of my favorite projects, Log Cabin and Fill The Shelves. Now you can enjoy these two books in your web browser, complete with all their sounds, movies, and interactive fun.
When you launch the online books, you first see a menu page with buttons leading to both books. Be sure to read Log Cabin first!
I’ve learned a bit more PhotoShop® since I first made Log Cabin, so I went back and added some moss to the logs and plants beside the door of the “real” cabin that users imagine into being. I’ve also worked on the bear, and I think he looks much more fierce, quite alarming for a pretend beast.
Because these online books are composed in HTML5, you’ll be able to hear the sounds on iPad! Just remember that there is no autoplay with iPad®, so be sure to touch each Play Sound button.
There is a desktop version to download, also in HTML5, that you can use if you have a slow connection. You’ll still need an internet connection to play the movies, but since all the book parts are already downloaded, pages load MUCH faster.
In case anyone is still using an old system with pre-Internet Explorer 9 or other legacy browsers, you’ll automatically be switched to a compatible version. Unfortunately, the desktop version won’t play sounds from buttons with these old browsers.
Besides links to the online books and to download the desktop version, I have given you a link to the original main page. There you’ll find many more free resources in this activity set, including printable tests, an off-computer sequence activity and clip art to download.
Applications needed: Web browser.
Subject area: Reading.
Level: Grades 2-3.
Log Cabin Main Page link: log-cabin/ Original Log Cabin post with more screenshots and information, plus download links to the Log Cabin activities in Clicker5®, IntelliTools Classroom Suite®, My Own Bookshelf®, and PowerPoint. The main page also has download links for printable PDF versions of the two books and a Log Cabin Sequence activity, two comprehension tests in MicroSoft Word® format, and a collection of Log Cabin Clip Art.
Annie’s Books Online
Log Cabin books link: logCabin/index.html Log Cabin and of Fill The Shelves books, linked by a menu page, to read online. Movies require QuickTime. Written in HTML5, so sounds should play on iPad. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.
Desktop version of Log Cabin books link: logCabinDesktop.zip (20 MB) Log Cabin and Fill The Shelves, linked by a menu page, to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Desktop Books, click here.