Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders analyzed a biography about the pioneer of hip hop music, DJ Kool Herc. After answering STAAR-formatted questions that explored verifiable facts, inferences about finances, and how we can tell Kool Herc was attentive to his audience within the book When The Beat Was Born, the kids used an interactive Google Doodle game, The 44th Anniversary of Hip Hop, to mix their own record using actual instrumental samples from the 70s. Awesome!
Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders listened to Martin’s Big Words by Rappaport and then wrote their own words to guide their decisions. We discussed the power Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words had to activate peaceful change in America. Then they used the PathOn app to create a shape or freestyle design for their words with their photo. They wrote a rough draft of their sentence/phrase first and I approved them before they were given an iPad. I love how they utilized the filters and fonts!