Monday, December 8, 2014

Figurative Language in Mrs. Deeley's 4th Grade Classes

I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade classes during their unit on Figurative Language, which focused on similes and personification.  


Essential Question:  How do I recognize and create personification and similes in writing?
Personification Project


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As part of a Figurative Language study in Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade class, students created a brief imaginative narrative using ‘Personification’.  The Little Red Pen, by Janet Stevens, was the mentor text. Students needed to bring an inanimate object to life in their writing, making that object the main character. They wrote their personification story in their Writer's Journal. This project addressed Standards L4.5 and W4:  “Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.”

Mrs. Baker, Middleton’s Digital Learning Specialist, worked with our class to create a digital storybook with all of our stories.  The students integrated technology into this lesson using laptops to type their stories on and used the online program “Camameo” to create the book.  


Students get a lesson on using laptops properly.


Personification Project


Students from 6th grade helped edit the typed stories.  They also showed the students how to use Spell Check and insert pictures from Google Images.




Check out our digital storybooks on Personification






Simile Project



Students used the book My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil by Hanoch Piven, as an inspiration for writing their own similes.  The students then created self portrait collages using items to which they compared themselves.  This project addressed Standards L4.5 and W4:  “Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.”

Mrs. Baker then worked with our class to make our picture talk.  The students integrated technology into this lesson using the iPad program, Chatterpix.   The Corresponding College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standard for Standard SL 4.5 was addressed: “Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.”

 1st Period Simile Project



 2nd Period Simile Project




 3rd Period Simile Project




Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations
Standard 1.  Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as an understanding of the concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.


Standard 3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.



International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards:
1.  Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2.  Communication Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including
at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
6. Technology operations and concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Common Core
The Corresponding College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standard for Standard SL 4.5 was addressed: “Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.”

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