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Found Poetry Using Magazines – Fifth Grade

 

During National Poetry Month in April I have each grade level write some type of poetry.  Our state standardized tests are also during April so things have to be flexible and not stressful!  This year I decided to try something different and had the fifth grade students create found poetry using cut out words from magazines.

I must admit, I got a little obsessive about cutting out words.  It was a great activity watching television at night hunting for words.  I almost couldn’t stop and now I have to make myself just recycle that magazine without searching for cool words!

Found Poetry-Words from Magazines

Found poems, according to the website, http://www.poets.org, take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems.

Anyway…..I cut out a lot of words for the students.  I created a Google Slide with examples of found poems created using cut out words and showed the students.  We discussed what they thought poetry was and how found poems fit into that literary form.

Then I turned them loose with a sheet of copy paper, a glue stick and a whole bunch of words on the tables.  I told them to just start looking for interesting words or words they found exciting.  They were timid at first but after a couple of minutes they got into the hunt.  Then when I said they could get up from their table and walk around to other tables, it really got fun.

Fifth grade students in April can be so blase and cool, but boy, did they get excited. They really seemed to be having a good time. It was an opportunity to be creative, be free, no right or wrong answer and just have fun.  And they did.

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Sharing with Padlet

I took a photo of each one and uploaded each classes’ poems to Padlet.  I emailed the link to the teacher (or the students if they asked).  This way they could read their classmates’ poems.

Made with Padlet

Made with Padlet

Made with Padlet

Some of the poems were quite touching.  Some were funny and a few were head scratchers.  I will definitely do this again next year.  In the meantime, I think I see some magazines sitting on the coffee table…..

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Google My Maps and Native Americans

Third grade students are learning about different Native American tribes.  Since geography is a weakness for most all of our students, I introduced them to Google My Maps.

Graphic Organizer, Collaboration

I created an graphic organizer with the names of the tribes (the list supplied by the third grade chair) and a column for the location of each group.  They had to log into Google My Maps using their student email address, which some did more quickly than others.  It is something they already do fairly regularly for other programs, but some had a hard time making the connection.

 

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Google My Maps and Images

After marking the locations and renaming for each tribe, the students added an image for each tribe.

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5th Grade Immigration and Padlet

5th grade is starting to study immigration and I wanted to read some picture books that would give an overview or an overarching picture of the topic.  I started with Faith Ringgold’s We Came to America and afterwards we talked about some of the reasons people immigrate to the U.S.A.

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Next-Hamid’s Story

The next time we met, I read Andy Glynne’s Hamid’s Story: A Real Life Story of His Journey from Eritrea.

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I asked the students to reflect on what they would do if they had a child who had recently immigrated to the U.S. in their classroom; posting our IB Learner Profiles nearby to encourage them to use these as inspiration for their response.

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I knew I saved this metal tripod thingies from the trash for a reason!

Padlet

I used Padlet for the students to record their responses.  I like Padlet as it gives the students a variety of ways to record their ideas, through writing, making an audio recording or video taping themselves.  I was surprised that so few from each class chose to video!

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Padlet

Many of the students wrote very heartfelt reflections and this is a lesson I will definitely repeat and Padlet is going to be a the top of my list for recording student voice.

 

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Second Grade – Internet Safety – An Introduction

Second grade explores the Georgia Standard of Excellence, “SS2CG1 … the concept of government and the need for rules and laws” in their IB unit of inquiry, “How We Organize Ourselves”.  We read the book by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, Chicken Clicking, which explores the consequences of risky behavior in the digital world as a chicken gets carried away on the internet.

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After reading this book the children suggested rules that would help keep them safe while they were online.

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Fifth Grade – ChatterPix – Microorganisms

Fifth grade students study microorganisms and I want to expose them to forms of digital storytelling as well as give them a chance to practice those Communications Skills, part of the IB (International Baccalaureate) Approaches to Learning and Teaching. They chose a microorganism to research (virus, bacteria, ebola, red-tide, or brain-eating amoeba) and wrote a script to record using the app, ChatterPix.

I like to use a curating tool to streamline the research process.  This time I used Livebinders to gather reputable resources.

https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2241921

CaptureLimited to 29 seconds students had to carefully consider what information to include about their topic.  Students used their notes to write this script from the first person point of view.

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Student taking a photograph of an image.

Students choose an image and take a photo of it to start the process and then record their script.  I don’t think students have enough opportunity to record themselves and reflect on their speaking and writing so I’m always looking for ways for them to hear their voice.

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Students record their scripts.

The Chatterpix videos were then uploaded to YouTube to share with fellow students, parents and the public.

 

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Chatterpix-Fourth Grade and Planets

Fourth grade students study planets (Georgia Standards of Excellence-Science S4E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the
physical attributes of stars and planets)  They chose a planet or spacecraft to research and write a script to record using the app, Chatterpix.  Limited to 29 seconds students have to carefully consider what information to include about their topic.  Recording themselves is an important skill as they can hear what they actually wrote and they can then edit their writing (they realize their errors as they try to read their own writing).

I prepare a Livebinder of resources in order to supply them with credible resources and to speed up the process.  The whole process still takes about 3 plus library visits for each class in order to record all of the students.

Screen capture of Chatterpix app

I upload the videos to YouTube to give the students’ work a wider audience and the opportunity to share with parents and fellow students.

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Link to one of the classes uploaded Chatterpix videos: https://goo.gl/WXqfK4

 

 

 

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“Never” Poems, Second Grade and National Poetry Month

We celebrated National Poetry Month with all grade levels. Second grade students wrote a “Never” poem which features repetition and alliteration.   We used a template I found on WriteShop.com (https://writeshop.com/writing-a-never-poem).  The students used dictionaries & thesauri to find words if they got stuck for ideas.

 

Recorded Poems on Flipgrid

I used Flipgrid so the students could record themselves reading their poem. This gives them an authentic audience and practice reading aloud.  I also shared this on the school’s Facebook page to further widen the audience and let parents see what their children are doing.

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Check us out!  https://flipgrid.com/876d05

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