We recognized the United Nation’s International Day of Peace during the week of September 18-22. I wanted the students to be aware of and reflect on the concepts surrounding IDP, but I also wanted to introduce/use a digital tool to 5th grade students.
I read the book, The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch. I think some the students were a little surprised by the simplicity of the illustrations and text. But, for the most part they really got into the story and had definite opinions about it.
Padlet as Response Method
We are a 1:1 school so I had the students bring their tablets with their keyboard and mouse so that the students could share their ideas on Padlet. (I attempted to use Padlet once in the past without a keyboard and mouse and it was a disaster. The tablet case’s covering bounced as the student typed and Padlet kept opening up multiple windows!).
I handed out the questions after I read the book and we went over them as a group and they chose one question to respond to.
My time with each class is limited so the students did not have the opportunity to respond to each other, although they did enjoy reading their classmate’s writings. I will use Padlet again with this grade and as they have been exposed to it, time will likely permit a more interactive experience.