Thursday, May 14, 2015

National Limerick Day

Tuesday, May 12th was National Limerick Day.  Students in 4th Grade celebrated this by writing limericks about super heroes.  First, they had a lesson on what a limerick poem is and the mechanics of writing one.

Students worked diligently on their limericks and drew a picture of their super hero.  Then, they used the iPad app "Chatterpix" to make their pictures talk, and used the app "iMovie" to put them all together.

Massachusetts and Common Core Standards for ELA
L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
S.L.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

 Check out the videos below for each class:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Living Biography Museum

How do you teach the biography genre without it being boring and mundane?  You have students choose someone they are passionate about…someone who has made a difference…someone that will keep them engaged during their time researching.  You also have them become the person and present themselves to the public.

The Living Biography Museum was created by the fourth grade students as they developed their research, writing, and presentation skills. Many classes throughout the school visited the Living Biography Museum, and during the exhibition, students presented the lives of their famous person in the first person.

Click on the image below to check out this video of our museum: