Friday, March 24, 2017

Diversity in YA literature Poster

Excellent books that feature diversity from various genres that feature different diversity in today's society.  Here is the link to download the pdf

Friday, March 10, 2017

Interactive Research Activity!

I went through this EXTREMELY interesting workshop on interactive presentations and why they are important to learners.  We were tasked with doing this with a class, and this is actually the second one I'm doing (first one worked out SUPER well!)

If you've never heard of chunk and chew, it's a simple concept.  When you chunk information together, it shouldn't be handed over to the students without the opportunity to allow them to chew on it.  If they don't, the learning diminishes.  Kind of like eating your favorite meal.  Now, multiply that by 10 and see how enjoyable it would be to eat the entire thing.

Below is the Adobe Spark webpage I made for this project.  After reading the article, kids in groups will move to different posters that has each letter of the alphabet in a table.  They have a certain amount of time to write something in it that begins with that letter.  Then they rotate until the rotations are done.  When they come back to their chart, they can read what else people put down and share out the most interesting fact about the article.

The second activity involves the questions on the webpage.  It's like 4 Corners.  Students stand underneath the word that fits them best (holidays, food, movies, colors, clothing etc).  With each word is a question in an envelope they need to answer with their devices (we are 1:1).  Then they rotate to the next question until the rotations are done.

Their exit ticket is the emoji PDF before they leave, giving me feedback on if I hit the target or not.

 I'm sharing the webpage so if anyone would like to use it, they absolutely can :) Research Like a Ninja!