In Remembrance of Memorial Day

During our virtual sessions, one of my 6th grade ELA classes worked on a collaborative book about Memorial Day.  The students did some research about this special day’s significance and thought about the meaning of patriotism.  The students had a good experience researching, writing, and designing their pages for this book.  We would like to thank all of the people who have served for our country.  We are proud of our work and hope you enjoy reading the book.

Historical Graphic Novels Created on Book Creator

In an earlier post on March 21st, I mentioned having done a unit on The Holocaust with my 6th graders.  After reading R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel, White Bird, we created our own graphic novels using Book Creator.  As promised, here are a few to showcase:

This is How we “Wow” and “Wonder”

We’ve been celebrating Earth Day for the last three weeks in our 6th Grade ELA Class.  This past week, I wanted the kids to do some inquiry-based learning.  I found a TED Ed lesson that related to our previous week’s lesson on nature.  We began by recapping the questions we posed in the previous week’s lesson and came up with some new ones for this week’s topic on chickens and farming.  We viewed the History Through the Eyes of a Chicken and discussed it together.  We worked on the short digital quiz together and moved on to some independent work.  My students had to view four short videos on their own and take notes.  Then, they used Flipgrid to share a “Wow” and “Wondering” for each video and responded to a peer’s recording.  I am happy that the students found the lesson interesting and got them thinking deeper.  And, we covered history, science, reading, and writing all in one lesson!

Listen to some of the great responses here:

Studying Non-fiction Text in a Virtual Classroom

One of my favorite ways to help my students learn about non-fiction elements, current events, and share opinions is by using Scholastic Jr. Magazine  Unfortunately, we aren’t able to physically hold our magazines due to the COVID19 monster.  But, we were able to use the digital version of our subscription.  Yay!

This week we used the article, Is Social Media Ruining Nature?  We read it together, discussed it, and shared our understanding and opinions on a Padlet.  I’m super proud of my 6th graders!  They put forth their best effort and had some great discussions.  Then, they created their own social media post on a location of choice using Canva, Adobe, or good, old paper and pencil. Check the last column to see what they created.  All of them submitted informative paragraphs about their social media post onto our Google Classroom.  I’m thankful for technology right now because I managed to make this lesson work for my students.  Please leave them some feedback!

Made with Padlet

 

Week 6 of Remote Learning During COVID19

It’s been a month and a half since we transitioned to remote learning due to what I like to refer to as, “COVID19 Monster”.  The first few weeks were rough for me, my students, and their parents.  It’s pretty much how everyone in our country is feeling.  Actually, the whole wide world!  We’re in this together, so hang in there.

My school is on week 6 of the new way to do school.  I think we’re getting used to it, but my students and I agree that being in class together is SO MUCH BETTER!  We focused a lot on how we were feeling during the first few weeks.  Since April was poetry month, I decided to incorporate our feelings into poetry.  We collaborated on a poetry anthology using Book Creator.  Please take a moment to read it and leave us feedback.

 

Earth Day Virtual Lesson

My 6th graders and I celebrated Earth Day virtually.  It’s great to hear all of the endless questions that my students have on a number of topics.  I wanted to present them with something new to ponder.  I found it at TEDEd beginning with this great video to get the students to “Wow” and wonder. 

We shared our thoughts on this Padlet and started thinking about future ways to repurpose our own t-shirts.  I left the students to explore the rest of the resources on their own and will continue to talk about them in our next virtual class.

We’ll keep you posted on what ideas arise from this inquiry lesson.

Free Verse and Narrative Poems

My 7th graders have been studying poetry for the last four weeks of remote learning.  We’ve been using this Wakelet to guide us during our virtual sessions and independent study.  This week we collaborated on an imagery activity using a some photos on a Google document.  Click on the following link to see it Imagery in Poems  By the end of the week, each student had written a free verse or narrative poem.  We hope you enjoy reading them by clicking on each PDF.

A Day in the Field by Jorja

I Don’t Like the Night by Larisa

Gambit by Dylan

Helpless – By Christian

The Pacific Problem by Katerina

 

Clouds

By: Milena

Staring up at the blue sky, 

I saw the soft, white pillows move slowly.

They crossed the rose colored sun that was fading into the sea.

Peaceful and satisfied I think about how they must feel.

Clouds are a cure for my mood. 

Dreams will be happy and thoughtful. 

A calming night is approaching.

Good night to this day… 

 

Night Sky

By: Max

You never really know true peace until you see a peaceful night sky in a grass field.

With the feeling and smell of fresh grass, it really allows your body to lighten and relax.

The feeling of looking up and seeing the infinite amount of stars is truly mesmerizing.

Let your mind drift away and let your imagination take over and let magic do its work. 

As you look with a small light from the moon painting over the grass you can start to feel at home. 

As you look up from the grass you can see the man on the moon waving good vibes at you.  

Poetry in Graphic Posters

April is Poetry Month and my 6th graders have become poets!  During our remote learning time, we began our poetry study in our virtual meets.  I provided my students with a Wakelet that we went over together.  If you don’t know what Wakelet is make sure you visit their website to learn more.

My students wrote their first draft of a “Point of View” poem as an animal using a Google document.  During this remote learning time, Google documents have made it easier for all of us to collaborate and get instant feedback.  After sharing our poems in our virtual class, students took all of the feedback to make their poems even better.  I had my students choose between using Canva or Adobe Post to create a visual poetry poster to share with the world.  We hope you enjoy our “Point of View” poems and give us feedback.  And, keep returning because we’ll be adding more Adobe and Canva posters here.

Canva Poetry Posters

Canva by John

Canva by Josh

Canva by Graciela

Canva by Eva

Canva by Cahir

Adobe by Liv