"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Picture Book Biographies Inspire and Inform

Here are a few of the finished biography presentations of my fourth grade students. You can read about the project on this blog post, Identifying Personality Traits and Finding Evidence

This last step in the process had the students practicing digital literacy and being good digital citizens. They practiced presenting information on a slide, finding images that would support that information, citing their sources, ensuring that their message did not get lost in the medium (both substance and style matter). 

They will be presenting their slides to each other this week and practicing their public speaking and presentation skills. Their last task will be to reflect on the process and the project. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Which afternoon with women who inspire would you choose to join?

The fifth graders are working on their illustrations for their magical afternoons, afternoons where they can gather any women they want from history for a special conversation. They will be finishing up their art this week. 

When they are all finished they will participate in a gallery walk of the afternoons and choose three, other than their own, that they would like to join. 
Just from the work thus far, which afternoons would you choose to join?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Madness: Women's History Month Style: putting together a team that inspires

It's March Madness Women's History Style. Fifth grade students are putting together an afternoon with a few women who have inspired them -  their dream team, as it were.

The students worked with this form:
It might seem odd to put fifth graders on PebbleGo, but the way PebbleGo organizes their biographies, first by women, and then by topic makes it easy to round out a group of women.  
Encyclopedia Britannica organizes the biographies alphabetically. It made it harder to search for people if you didn't have a name in mind.
Nonfiction like this was also a big hit:

Check out some of the dream team afternoons my students have put together. There are quite a few I would pop in on if I could!

This week my students will be creating an illustration for their afternoon. They'll share them and then I'll be displaying them. I am excited for the students and this opportunity to learn about all these amazing women from each other.