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5th Grade Brainstorming for Exhibition

We are introducing the PYP Exhibition to our 5th graders.  A couple weeks ago our IB (International Baccalaureate) coordinator spoke to each class to give them an overview of the Exhibition and last week I had them examine the IB Mission Statement.

The PYP Exhibition is, according to the IBO website, an extended, in-depth, collaborative project which involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems.

Brainstorming Real Life Issues

This week I worked with each class to help them brainstorm issues or problems by introducing them to the United Nations’ Global Goals.  I was inspired by Pam Weiger, teacher librarian at Allisonville Elementary School (an IB-PYP school in Indianapolis) who created a Google Slides for students to work through some videos and activities.  I borrowed her idea to create a Google Slides with links to some YouTube videos, etc.

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Working individually on their tablets.

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Katesa Walker, our IB coordinator, working with students, answering questions and guiding them through the activity.

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Video Introduction: We the People

The students watched the video, “We The People: The Global Goals for Sustainable Development” on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpqVmvMCmp0&feature=youtu.be) and were asked to write any questions they had on sticky notes.  These were posted on a world map and were their “ticket out the door”.

Padlet for Listing Issues

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We also had the students list one issue or problem they were aware of so that everyone could see the collective knowledge of all four classes.

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Questions color coded by class.

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AnswerGarden, Third Grade and Same, Same but Different

I’m not sure how I came across AnswerGarden (https://answergarden.ch) but I’m glad I did.  I have used it with two grades so far and hope to use it again.  On their website they describe it as tool for real time feedback.  I thought of it as a short cut to creating a Wordle.  I love to create Wordles (or Tagxedos) with students responses but I don’t like typing in all their words!unnamed (1)

Same, Same but Different

I read Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s book, Same, Same but Different to third graders.  This books works so beautifully in our IB/PYP school.  It can be tied in with our Learner Profile and Attitudes or our focus on being internationally minded.

After reading the book, I asked the students to reflect on the book; what were words, details or big ideas they got from the book?  With AnswerGarden you can have the responses limited to 20 or 40 characters and this time I chose 20.  I suggested they could use words or phrases.  Sentences get a little tricky if you only have 20 characters.

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AnswerGarden

With AnswerGarden, which is free and very easy to use, the students can type in their feedback and can see in real-time other student’s words.  They like seeing their responses as well as their classmates.

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This is what the finished AnswerGarden looked like.

Export to Wordle and Tagxedo

The AnswerGarden can easily be exported to both Wordle and Tagxedo, which gives you more options to be creative visually.

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The AnswerGarden can be exported to Tagxedo.

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The AnswerGarden can also be exported to Wordle.

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Third Grade Opinion Writing and Padlet

I wanted to give the third grade students another opportunity to practice typing on their tablets and wanted to have another go at using Padlet.  I choose to read Hannah and Phillip Hoose’s book, Hey, Little Ant (illustrated by Debbie Tilley) and we focused on the International Baccalaureate concept, perspective.  The last sentence of the book is, “What do you think the kid should do?”

Padlet

I created a Padlet using the “shelf” template so that I could create two columns, one headed “Squish the ant” and the other “Ant goes free.”  I instructed the students to choose one opinion and write a response citing two reasons to support your opinion.

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Technology Set-Up

The first time I introduced Padlet to this grade level a couple of weeks ago, I had them bring their Dell tablets with their keyboards and mouse.  They have to have an external keyboard as our tablet case cover “bounces” as they use the on-screen keyboard and that keeps opening up response windows.  That didn’t go so well; tablets weren’t charged, keyboards were forgotten, they couldn’t type the shortened URL in correctly, etc.  So this time I logged into 6 of our library desktops in advance and had the website pulled up.  This went much more smoothly.  It wasn’t a whole group activity, but I just kept rotating the students through.

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This second time around they were more focused on their writing and less on trying to read other students’ responses.  I think this is partially because they weren’t seeing so many boxes popping up in real time, which really distracted them.

I also encouraged the students to type with two hands (even if they are only using their index finger).  This speeds up their typing and this is important on the state test where they have to do several extended responses.  Unfortunately, we don’t have structured keyboarding instruction.

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I do have one iPad which also worked. 

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One student who was responding later in the visit noticed that more of his classmates had decided that the ant should go free.  Interesting that he noticed and heartening to see that more of them are respectful of the ant!

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AnswerGarden and Fifth Grade

I have been wanting to try out a digital tool called AnswerGarden and decided to use it with 5th grade today.  They are studying World War I so I showed them a propaganda poster (worked in primary document!) and had them react to it.

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Displayed the poster on the flat screen tv hanging in the library.

Set up for activity

When you set up your “garden” you can choose to have responses limited to 20 or 40 characters.  I chose 20, but this would have been better at 40, but some students figured out to use “texting” abbreviations to work in more words!

I printed out the two websites they needed on slips of paper for each student and had them use two tabs so they could toggle back and forth.  Our students all have Dell tablets, but I also logged into several library computers as back up for dead batteries, etc.

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I worried that the case covering the tablets might interfere with typing, but it didn’t!

I alerted the teacher when she came in with the class that I was introducing a new tool and she might find uses for it in the classroom.  Afterwards, I asked her if she saw some possibilities for different types of uses and she said she did.  Hope she uses it.  You can lead a horse to water…and you know the rest!

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I am just taking the time to read the responses and I think there is quite a variety.  There is a feature on AnswerGarden that allows you to lock the “garden” so that you can stop students from continuing to add responses.  There are other features so check it out!

https://answergarden.ch/

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First Grade Reflects Using Flipgrid

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First grade classes are learning about plants and animals.  I read Steve Jenkins’ book, What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?  which is about how prey animals try to avoid getting eaten.  I had the students respond to the last sentence in the book, “What would you do if an animal wanted to eat you?” and they recorded their response by taping a video on Flipgrid.

When I use Flipgrid with older students (second grade and older) I have the students write their reflection before having them record their video.  However, with first grade students I felt it would be more of a barrier if they had to write sentences before hand.  At the least it would have made this activity take two library visits to complete and I didn’t think it would be worth dragging it out.

The students sure did enjoy seeing themselves!  Check out one of the classes responses.

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Third Grade “Rocks” ChatterPix

I really like using the app, ChatterPix and the students do, too.  This year I decided to introduce it to third grade.  As they were beginning to study rocks I had them use our online subscription to World Book or the state-funded resource Britannica School Encyclopedia (through the Galileo database). IMG_2380

Note Taking and Writing Skills

The students used notepaper to write a few facts about rocks after reading one of the online encyclopedias.  I had shown them an example of a Chatterpix at the beginning of this activity so they knew the concept was to make a “talking rock”.

It took one entire library visit to introduce the topic, get everyone’s tablet to the correct website and write down some facts.  Afterwards I went through the students’ notes to insure that they had enough information to write a script at the next visit.

At their second library visit students used their rock facts to write a short script as if they were the rock.  Chatterpix limits the recording to 29 seconds.  Most students required editing of their writing, as they did not write it in first person.

Curated Rock Photos

I choose a bunch of rock images ahead of time to save on time.  The students had about twenty different rock images to choose from.  After opening the Chatterpix app (unfortunately only available for Apple products), they selected an image from my laptop and took a photo of it using the iPad.  Then a line is drawn across the photograph, which becomes the talking mouth. Then they recorded their script.

Students love to hear themselves!

Uploaded to YouTube

After they completed their ChatterPix I saved them to the iPad and from there uploaded them to my YouTube account.  I shared the folder link with the teacher so that the students could watch themselves.  Ideally the teacher would share it with parents.  Just giving them another digital tool for their tool belt.

 

 

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Second Grade-People Who Change Their Community

After looking at the 2nd grade’s current IB/PYP Unit of Inquiry, I asked our second grade chair about what we should be working on in the library.  I suggested that I could read some picture book biographies about people who have made an impact on their community and she liked that idea.  The students were learning about people who make a difference in their communities, such as Jimmy Carter, MLK Jr. and Jackie Robinson.   I read Jeanette Winter’s book, Wangari’s Trees of Peace, which is an excellent biography about Wangari Maathai for this age group.

Cover of Jeanette Winter's book, Wangari's Trees of Peace

Credit: Amazon

As I was reading the author’s notes in the back of the book, the students all perked up when I read that Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  They would  say, “Just like Jimmy Carter” or “Just like Martin Luther King, Jr.!”

Writing Practice

After reading the book we discussed how Maathai changed her community.  I asked the students for words from the book that were important or key and we created a word wall on a white board.  Note: I had to write “woman” and “women” because many of our students used the singular form of the noun when referring to the plural or they use “womans”.  IMG_2213

Then I asked the students to respond to one of  two questions: How did she change her community? or Whose lives did she impact and how?  I asked the students to provide text evidence (one of their ELA standards).  IMG_2212

Video Recording via Flipgrid

Some students wrote a sentence of two and were immediately ready to video tape their response on Flipgrid.  Others needed some help with editing, which the teacher and I provided them with.  Since classes are scheduled for about 30 minutes we did the actual recording at their next library visit.  They love to see and hear themselves.  I email the link to the teacher after all students have recorded their reflections.

Check them out!  https://flipgrid.com/f4e331

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