Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Father's Day End of Year Craft

We are almost finished the school year here in South Carolina and I have been sharing some of my favorite end of year class crafts with teachers.

The Accordion Foldable is one of my favorite for academic content (see my blog post using it in science) but for the end of the year I like to have students make a Father's Day version. Usually dad's get short changed on classroom crafts since Father's Day falls in June (June 16th this year) so this is my way of making it up to them 😉.

The supplies you will need:
- Eight 3 x 5 index cards (blank on both sides*)
- Two 4 x 6 index cards (blank on both sides*)
- Scotch Tape
- Glue (white glue or a hot glue gun)
- Pencil
- Think black sharpie
- Colored pencils/markers
- Optional: Envelopes (Staples carries photo envelopes that are 4 3/4 x 6 1/2)

*If you can't find the index cards you can cut down card stock paper to the sizes needed. These are typical index card sizes you just don't want the ones with the lines on one side.

The directions for putting it all together are outlined in the photo below 👇.

Below are close ups of my acrostic. I'm a terrible artist so I opened up The Noun Project website and searched for icons that matched what I was looking for and found ones I could duplicate freehand. I actually bought a $20/year Noun Project subscription because I make a lot of school flyers and it is nice to have the ability to use their icons without having to worry about copyright issues but I often use it for freehand drawing situations like this (I also direct students to the site for similar reasons).  

If you make any with your students I would love to see them! Please post them on Twitter and tag me @atechcoachlife. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Podcast for Students

I ran across this tweet from Tony Vincent this morning about a podcast he has been listening to with his 5th graders called Six Minutes.

The website overview: "Who is Holiday? Where did she come from and how did she end up floating in the icy waters off the coast of Alaska with no memory? Are her mom and dad really who they say they are? Why is she developing those incredible abilities? The mystery unfolds in six minute episodes."

I love the fact that each episode is only 6 minutes (and they have 136 published six minute segments). It would be easy to integrate into the classroom (at six minutes).

I would use it as a settling activity that exposes children to more words, ideas, and language (I work with a lot of Title 1 students who need that language exposure). It could also be used as a writing prompt (i.e listen to this episode and then write the next episode).

Podcasting with students is high on my "to try" list and this Podcast has given me some ideas.

Since school's almost out for students it would be a great to get them hooked and have them continue listening on their own during the summer.

In the Twitter post someone asked about the appropriate age and Tony noted that his six year old likes the podcast but that there are "child catchers" who chase after the children that younger students might find upsetting. The main characters in the podcast are 10 years old.

Another podcast mentioned in the comments was The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. That seems more geared toward middle school students and episodes seem to run 20 minutes or less. The website describes the show as "a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids, meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds." I like this one because you can get the scripts for the show (unfortunately there is a cost but if someone finds it with no cost, please let me know) so students can read along while they are listening.