Fourth graders were inspired by a read aloud from the Eric Carle book, What’s Your Favorite Color? I found this gem at the last year’s Scholastic book fair. After reading the story, the kids thought about their favorite color and used my template to brainstorm how their color might sound, taste, and feel. I love the imagery they used! As they wrote, we played the video of Hailstones and Halibut Bones for more ideas, since it has a similar theme.
Third graders wrote apology poems in the Jackson Library. They had to write the poem to an object and I gave them samples from Nancy Lee Cecil’s book, For the Love of Language: Poetry for Every Learner.
I also wrote a sample for them about my MacBook Pro at home. Check out their fun ideas!
Fourth graders came to the library this week to explore different formative assessments. Yesterday we tried Pear Deck but it isn’t ideal for the library in that each student has to log in to his/her Google account and we have to share iPads (work in pairs). So today we tried GoFormative and loved it! I gave each pair of students a Pokemon character’s name on a card and that was their login. Then I gave them all the same password. I set up the class in advance on the site and I took screenshots of a Google Slides presentation I had ready about spooky poems. Then I entered the questions in GoFormative. I like all of the media possibilities- you can import a pdf, video, ask them to draw something on the screen, use multiple choice, audio, etc. I also like how the students can answer at their own pace. In the settings, I marked the choice for ‘after student submits.’ It will be interesting to see how this lesson goes the rest of this week!
Reading Comprehension of Literary Text/Poetry: Students make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to explain how the structural elements of poetry (e.g., rhyme, meter, stanzas, line breaks) relate to form) (e.g. lyrical poetry, free verse).
Choose the assessment you want them to take (in background screen here) and then choose your class (Jackson Library).
In optional settings, choose ‘return scores’= after student submits.
Now give the students a QR code or bookmark the Go Formative login screen. Then they are ready to login and click their assignment.
SAMPLE STUDENT LOGIN CARD
Fourth graders came to the library to write fun, spooky poems full of imagery. After reading Caswell and Shea’s Boo! Haiku book, the kids created their own spooky-themed poems. They had to choose a topic and then had to describe it well enough so someone could guess the topic. I made a fun interactive bulletin board of these so the kids in the school could guess the topics. What great writers we have at Jackson!
LT: 16 G: Writing/Literary Texts: I can compose poems that convey sensory details using the conventions of poetry (genre characteristics and craft).
Jackson fifth graders had fun last week when they used PicCollage Edu (formery known as PicKids Collage) to create ‘Selfie Acrostics’ so I could get to know their interests and hobbies better. Check out how creative they are!