Third graders are participating in the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Awards. We have been reading one choice aloud in library. Students have been taking sketch notes to expand their thinking and predicting skills.
Sketch notes are a form of "visual note taking." You can youtube it and see plenty of tutorials. We have been learning that if you can write letters, YOU CAN DRAW! It's all just curved and straight lines.
Check out some of the sketch notes from Mr. Gifford's class.
"His white teacher tells her all-black class, You'll all wind up porters and waiters. What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed. His success as a fashion photographer landed him a job working for the government. In Washington DC, Gordon went looking for a subject, but what he found was segregation. He and others were treated differently because of the color of their skin. Gordon wanted to take a stand against the racism he observed. With his camera in hand, he found a way. Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice." - Good Reads
Our kinders took time to take photos on the iPads to make our display in honor of Gordon Parks:
Our 4th & 5th graders spent the past month writing and creating their own 6 word memoirs in the library. We published each one using an app called "Quotes Creator" which let them individualize their stories. They turned out awesome! Great Job STUDENTS!
"Storybird is a collaborative storytelling tool. Students use collections of art to be inspired to write stories." (Source)
Here are some of their eBooks...
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Megan's Island by Willo Davis Roberts
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Holes by Louis Sachar
Isn't this something adults always say?? We all know the magic word is "Please," however when a little boy discovers a new magic word.... what's the worst that could happen?
Our kinders had the chance to make up their own magic words.... pretty funny stuff!
We LOVE author Mac Barnett... he's hilarious!
We LOVE listening to books during library... but that's not the only activity that happens...
We took time during the book to PREDICT, QUESTION and REVIEW.
People have always described fiction and nonfiction books as
"fake" and "not fake" - UGH!!!
And as we discovered using mind maps.... some books cross both lines!
Ms. Rudnick and other library helpers will keep you updated on awesome student work happening in the Buckman Community of Learners.
6 Word Memoirs
Children's Choice Awards