Hopes and Dreams on the iPad

Begin the year by sharing hopes and dreams on the iPad

One of my favorite beginning of year activities is having students brainstorm and share their hopes and dreams for the school year.  This is a lesson based on the Response Classroom approach to classroom management that you can read more about {here}.  Even if you do not use Responsive Classroom, this lesson is a great way for students to share their goals for the year too.

We then keep our hopes and dreams on display the whole year to refer back to when referencing expectations – for example, if students are off task, we may discuss how we all need to work together to help each other accomplish our hopes and dreams for the year.  We also use these goals when preparing for our student-led conferences in the winter.

Using the App paper Chibi

Needless to say, for such an important cornerstone of our classroom community, the display really does matter.  This year in addition to simply hanging up our hopes & dreams, we used a free app called Paper Chibi to design and build a paper avatar to store them as well.

Assembled Paper Chibi's

Upload finished Paper Chibi’s to print

After following directions in my {Paper Chibi unwrAPPed packet}, we uploaded our Chibi’s to Google Drive so I could print them from one location.  Paper Chibi automatically saves as a flat file for cutting and assembling.

Cutting printed Paper Chibi's


Assembling Paper Chibi’s

The app includes a short video guide to folding and gluing but they recommend printing on card-stock then using a craft knife and special glue…um not happening in a 3rd grade class…so we printed on regular white printer paper then tried kid scissors and glue sticks.  Our changes worked perfectly!  My students were able to do this independently for the most part.  If not, they helped each other.

Gluing the Paper Chibi head

Write hopes and dreams to place inside Chibi

Next we wrote our hopes and dreams down.  When making this product, I was thinking they were shaped like clouds or thought bubbles, but a student suggested they were the brains of the Chibi, which I loved, so I will be referring to this paper as “the brain” whenceforth:

iPad paper craft for exploring goals using the free app Paper Chibi


Next, we crumpled or folded up the brain and placed it into the Paper Chibi’s head before gluing it shut.

paper chibi head

With the brain properly secured in the Chibi’s head, we finished folding and gluing.

Paper Chibi assembled head
 Not all students opted to use arms on our Paper Chibi’s so some had more of a bobble head look.

finished paper chibi with no arms

Display Paper Chibi’s with Hopes and Dreams inside as visual reminder

We gathered all of our finished Chibi’s with hopes and dreams rattling around their brains and displayed them in the classroom.

Paper Chibi Display in the classroom

Now students have a physical reminder of their hopes, dreams, and goals for the year that they can visit with, place on their desk when needed to check in with their behavior choices, or even play with!

There are many ways to use Paper Chibi’s in your classroom including making them for a special person as a gift, delivering secret messages with QR codes in the head, and more.

My Avatars unwrAPPed packet includes 5 complete ideas for using Paper Chibi with graphic organizers and full color visual step-by-step directions to using the app, uploading images, and assembling your Chibi’s.

Purchase it {here}

COVER Erintegration Hopes Dreams Wishes Goals unwrAPPed TpTHave you made any Paper Chibi’s yet?  How did you use this awesome app in your classroom? Share below!


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