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.
I upload the videos to YouTube to give the students’ work a wider audience and the opportunity to share with parents and fellow students.
Link to one of the classes uploaded Chatterpix videos: https://goo.gl/WXqfK4
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.
Check us out! https://flipgrid.com/876d05