Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vocabulary Flashcards

I came across this idea today from @harrisonmike and @johannastirling. The idea is to use photos from Flickr to create flashcards. It would be neat to assign students vocabulary terms, give them a FlipCam or digital camera and set them loose. (It would be even better if the students were allowed to take them home, but school would be fine too.) Students will then capture the term in a photo, then have fun editing it using Picnik. After the photo is edited, the students could work together using Google docs to create a presentation over the assigned terms. They could then present them together.

Or, put the photos in Photo Story and create a movie over the terms. After the presentations are over, students could submit their photos to this Flickr channel, or the teacher can create his/her own Flickr channel to publish the students work.

Thanks @harrisonmike and @johannastirling for the great idea!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Awesome Drama/Short Story Project

You need to have the students bring a cereal box (empty of course).

1. In partners, assign a story (fable, fairy tale, something that they can read). They will read (The 3 Little Pigs for example) and with their partner, create a cereal box promoting the story.

2. First, cover the cereal box with construction paper.

3. Next, create a cover for the box. This should include the title, a picture, and maybe a caption (a quote from the story or maybe even a review like “Coach Smart gives The 3 Little Pigs two hooves up!”)

4. For the side, instead of nutritional facts, here they will list the cast of characters, using terms such as antagonist, protagonist, major and minor characters.

5. For the back, they will cover it with the facts from the story and pictures. These would include: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.

Awesome idea!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Way to Intro a Book Report

This idea came from an interesting blog post by Shelly Terrell. I think this would be a fantastic video clip to play before having students compose a book report or any research/writing assignment. Thanks @ShellTerrell for the great idea!

Sunday, September 19, 2010