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Third Grade-Book Character Poems

Third grade students used picture book characters as inspiration for their poetry writing in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I selected picture books with strong characters and randomly assigned them to small groups of students.  Using a template, the students read the book and decided who would be the subject of their poem.

Book Character Poem

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We emphasized using text evidence for their writing.  If you are going to say the character “sees” something, be sure that you can point to the evidence.  This template could also be used as book report.

The second library visit was used to finish up with those groups who hadn’t filled in all the lines or who needed some help editing.

Recording the Poems and Uploading to YouTube

The third library visit I video taped the groups reading their poems and I used Windows Movie Maker to create a movie, which I uploaded to YouTube.  Shared the links with the teachers so that the students could view the finished product.

One more class needs to be taped and now that the craziness of state testing is over, I might get to it!

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Class watching their video of poems on YouTube.

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Blackout Poetry with Fourth Graders

I decided to be a risk taker and try blackout poetry with my fourth grade classes.  I saw this several years ago but wasn’t sure how it would work and whether they would “get it”. Previous examples used newspaper or magazine articles and I just didn’t think this would excite our students.  But I think it was a success with most of them really enjoying it and excited by the process.

Finding the Right “Hook”

Somewhere I read about a librarian who used photocopies of the first page of chapter books for the basis of the poems (I would attribute this idea if I could remember where I saw it).  I browsed our fiction section to choose ones that really grabbed the readers attention.  This group also needs motivation to pick out chapter books and actually read them.  I thought this activity might inspire some of them to check out the books.  I didn’t reveal what books they came from until after the had completed the poems and they were excited when they recognized their page.

Introduction and Examples: Google Slides and YouTube

I created a brief Google Slides that contained examples of blackout poetry and then I showed the students a video about Austin Kleon, a writer who is well known for his newspaper blackout poetry.

Then I randomly gave out the copies of first pages along with pencils.

The Creative Process

Some students struggled a bit at first, but after they relaxed and were assured there really wasn’t a “right” way to do, they made progress.  This activity was completed over two library visits with instruction and creating taking about 20 to 30 minutes each time.

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Students in the initial stages circling words in pencil.

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Getting serious now!  Blackening in with crayons.

Sharing Using Padlet

I wanted a way for the students to be able to read each others poems so decided on Padlet.  After taking photos of each completed poem I uploaded them.  I emailed the classroom teachers the Padlet link and asked that they share with their students.  In the case of one of the teachers this will be her only opportunity to see her students’ work as she nearly always sends her para to the library while remaining in her classroom!

Here are the two links:

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I will definitely do blackout poetry again next year for National Poetry Month!

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5th Grade Exhibition: Action

 

The first week I worked with our 5th grade students, I made a Google Slide presentation based on one by Pam Weiger, teacher librarian/IB coordinator at Allisonville Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Pam shared her PowerPoint at a recent IB PYP workshop.

We introduced our students to the United Nations’ Global Goals in order to help them brainstorm for issues and problems.  Our students each have school issued Dell tablets so they worked individually through the presentation. My Google Slide presentation for this second week-https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NcE4bInSKHK3AeG7uHM35q6ub0yo5iqa55yVvyd4QnY/edit?usp=sharingIMG_4169

Action Focus: PYP Exhibition

The second week I worked with the students and we focused on the action component of the exhibition.  We looked at the words invent, innovate and campaign, as these were the concepts from the video, The World’s Largest Lesson 2016.  This video, according to the description on YouTube: ” invite(s) children to get involved in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by inventing, innovating and campaigning.”

Student Response: Tweet or Question

After viewing the video the students could choose to add another question to our map or compose a Tweet to explain what the UN’s Global Goals are about.

 

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I tweeted a sampling of the students’ works:

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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?”

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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!

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