This week our class created book trailers for some favorite books. It is not as easy as one would think for an elementary child to create a movie not giving away the plot. We would love some feedback and some further suggestions for next time. As a teacher, I am looking for rigor. Students just want to know that they have produced a great project.
This past summer I learned how fantastic Google Presentations was as a class tool. Like other Google tools, more than one person at a time can work on the same project. After finishing Frayer graphic organizers, my students took pictures with our iPods of their original work. Then they went to our Google drive and each brought up the presentation program slides. No more saving on a drive and e-mailing to the teacher to make one big project. The project is already complete. It can be downloaded in many ways – as a PowerPoint, JPEGs, however you wish. One of the key ways to run a project such as this is to teach a capable student and make them in charge of the project. I can’t wait to see the next group of slides!
This week we made another movie for our favorite Czech friends and shared some good school and class information with them! We also started our Cinderella unit and we are comparing our traditional story to their Cinderella story usually viewed with families during Christmas.
Today in the Houston Chronicle is a story on tracking the great white sharks. Great white shark, Mary Lee, has been hugging our shores in the Atlantic since September. See http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/.
There are many opportunities for students to connect with wildlife and we should not ignore what’s offered on the Internet as humans serve our role as keepers of the planet. Check out The Elephant Santuary in Tennessee at http://www.elephants.com/ too. We have a responsibility to prepare future generations to stay involved citizens and using the technology wisely in our classrooms helps us keep our students connected.
After you share the great white GPS pictures and the elephant webcams with your students, Read Faithful Elephants by Yuko Tsuchiya. This book is a real tear jerker, but will get students writing and discussing as we approach our new reading unit on author’s point-of-view and social issues.
We had a fantastic experience today as a final activity, after reading The One and Only Ivan, through the Global Read Aloud Project. We discussed “How Ivan grew into his own stength and wisdom” and “How did we recognize that he was changing?” (Question credit to the Global Read Aloud). We also discussed what it meant “to belong” through each character’s point-of-view.