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Digital Paint Chip Poetry

We are in our last week of April and I am wrapping up a four part series of online poetry activities for National Poetry Month. This last idea, paint trip poetry, came from Mrs. Hall's Fabulous in Fourth blog . From Mrs. Hall's Blog I really liked the idea and made it digital using Google Slides. I created a template that teachers could use and modify if they wish. Once you click on the link you will be asked to make a copy. Once you have copy in your drive you can adjust as needed for your students. This activity is appropriate for grades 3 through 5. We use Google Classroom in our district so it would be easy to assign it. Below is how the assignment might look in Google Classroom: The finished poem "Grey Is" (above) was one I created and used as a sample for students in the template. Definitely check out Mrs. Hall's blog to see other samples of student work. She had a linked worksheet for student brainstorming and I copied those instruc

Remote Online Poetry Activity #3 - Reverse Poems

April is National Poetry Month. I have been trying to share some poetry ideas for tech integrated lessons (ones that can be used in a remote learning environment). This week's lesson is on Reverse Poems. The idea of a Reverse Poem is that it has meaning when read from one direction (top to bottom) and an opposite meaning when read in reverse (bottom to top). To try it out, and make a student sample, I made a reverse Cat and Dog poem ( YouTube video embedded above). I was proud of the poem and video. It definitely is tricky. I would recommend this activity for upper level elementary GT and Middle/High students. The entire concept of a "Reverse Poem" came from this "Lost Generation" poem . This got me thinking about how I would teach the concept to students (particularly in a remote learning environment). This resulted in creating a Google Slides instructional template that could be assigned to students. To be clear, I have not tried it with anyon

Facebook Messenger Effects - Student Videos

I like to use the Facebook Messenger effects to make video messages for students. I used to teach teachers how to do when they were out and wanted to leave a "video note" for students when they had a sub. Using the effects makes the message more engaging and more likely to be watched.  With distance learning in full swing in our district I thought it would be a great way to kick off the school week with students (giving them something new for the week to watch that lets students know what is due).  It is super simple to make. I created the video instructions above or you can link to it HERE . I use my iPhone or iPad and I have my Google Classroom and Seesaw accounts linked to both devices. Linking them makes it easier to upload the finished videos into the student classrooms that I have set up.  Seesaw Upload Instructions: Google Classroom Instructions: If you find any other uses for the Facebook Messenger effects please let me kno

Remote Online Poetry Activity #2 - Poetry Slam

Last week I noted that April is National Poetry Month and this year most of us will be celebrating/observing it at home as we isolate ourselves amid the Covid-19 crisis. I decided to post four online/tech activities, one each week, that teachers (upper elementary/middle school) could have students do. My first post featured creating a simple Quarantine Haiku using Google Drawings. My second idea is a remote poetry slam. Here is a great article featuring "5 Tips for Slam Poetry" Teachers can use Flipgrid  (free for educators) as the "performing space". Students would record their original poetry (Flipgrid has blur and pixelating options for children who didn't want their face shown). You can indicate a time recording maximum to keep children focused. There are several student Poetry Slam videos on YouTube you could share to get students thinking about their poems. I really liked this one from a 12 year old Australian . If you host a onlin

Remote Online Poetry Activity #1 - Quarantine Haiku

April is National Poetry Month and many of us will be observing/celebrating it from home in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. As a tech coach, I have been posting remote learning ideas for teachers and thought I would try my hand at providing four online poetry activities/projects students could do involving poetry (one for each week in April). Since we have a short week (we have Good Friday off) I thought I would start with something relatively easy...Quarantine Haiku's. The idea came from this YouTube video - I made a four minute instructional video for students (which you are more than welcome to share with children) - . The video briefly explains what a haiku is and walks them through how to create their finished poem using Google Drawings. Here is a copy of the  Haiku Google Drawing Template if you wish to use it. You will be forced to make a copy before you can assign to st