You could also allow them to look through some of their work and books. Choose reflective questions from the list below for students to focus on. What is one thing you learned this year that you will remember forever? What are the two most useful things you learned this year? What are the two most interesting things you learned this year? What is your proudest achievement this year? What was your best piece of work this year?
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What was the most challenging part of this year? If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be? What is something that you could have done better this year? What do you think you've improved at most this year? What advice would you like to have given yourself at the start of the year? What is something that you are going to try to do differently next year? Student answers should cover a range of different experiences and subjects. Students can then start creating their reflective journals on StoryJumper.
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Suggest to students that they take pages per reflection question. Allow as much freedom as appropriate on how students structure their journals. Here's an example structure: Section header. Include the question. Provide enough detail so someone outside of the class would understand it. Visually support their answer. Reasons for their answer. Again students should include sufficient details. You could spend some time reviewing reasoning conjunctions to ensure a variety of language.
While students are writing, check in with them to discuss their chosen questions and answers. Knowing their books will be published and kept forever encourages higher standards. Mother's Day Lesson Plan. They can discuss as a class, in small groups, or with a partner. Tell students they will each be creating a special book to celebrate their own mom. Each book will include several sections, covering different aspects about their own mom.
Suggested sections: How It All Started - list background facts about their moms, including birthplace, date of birth, family, etc Students should think about how to lay out the facts in an eye-catching way. This could cover several pages telling different periods of her life with illustrations.
All About My Mom - facts and details about who she is now, including where she lives, job, hobbies, family, friends, etc Students should think about how to lay out the pages in an eye-catching way. This could be illustrated over several pages. My Favorite Memory with my Mom - an illustrated scene with a text explanation. Students could include a description of the memory as well as details about why it is their favorite and what it meant to them. You could spend a whole lesson on this section learning how to write the poems as a class. If My Mom Were an Animal - a page with an illustration of the animal and an explanation.
What Makes My Mom Special - a page explaining their thoughts and opinions with accompanying illustrations. Decide how much time you want to spend on this information gathering process. Students should use their plans to create their individual books. If students are able to bring in photographs, they could be included, as well.
Students should also choose a title for their books or choose one as a class. You could allow for peer feedback so students can make improvements. When students are happy with their books, they can be shared with parents. Approximate Grade Level: 2nd - 6th grades Objectives Students share facts and details about themselves Students learn what they have in common with other students, fostering new relationships Resources to help you prepare All About Me Graphic Organizer.
Download it and customize it. All About Me Template Book. To add it to your class and customize it, follow the directions for Template Books. Opening Activity - Two Truths and a Lie To get students excited about sharing facts about themselves, start off with a quick game of Two Truths and a Lie. Share with the class two things about yourself that are true and one that is a lie.
Let the students guess which one is the lie. Invite a few other students up to the front to provide their own two truths and a lie. Instruction Tell students they will be creating their own All About Me book that will be shared with the class.
Explain that students will provide facts about themselves by answering each question. Space has been provided on the graphic organizer for students to plan their illustrations and narration. This is just meant for planning bullet point list of pictures to include, background options, props, sound effects, etc and not meant to actually be drawn out now. Watch the tutorial video together as a class if this is their first time creating a StoryJumper book.
Be sure to point out that students can upload their own photos. This will be very useful for facts they might have photos for already ie.
Also, review with the class the video about adding narrations. Students will be narrating their books and might also choose to add sound effects or background music provided in StoryJumper. Guided Practice Choose one question to do together as a class. Collect several ideas so that students are inspired for ideas on other pages as well.
When ready, they will log into StoryJumper to create their digital book. Students will access the All About Me template book that you set up and they will begin filling in the pages. To make their books even more special, students can narrate their books , add background music, and add sound effects. Be sure to have a dedicated space or time for students to add their narrations so that it's not too noisy when they record. Peer Review When students have finished their books, click "Students Finished their Books" at the bottom of your class page.
After you enter some info and click Share Student Books , students can read their classmates' books. This will allow students to get to know each other better and provide feedback to their peers. You might consider discussing examples of appropriate comments ahead of time. Story Time Give students an opportunity to present their completed books. Students will take turns reading their All About Me books and showing the illustrations.
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This can be done using the digital book or the published version if purchased. Knowing that their books will be published adds a level of accountability and importance to their work, encouraging higher standards and a greater sense of pride in their work.
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After you click Share Student Books , you'll see the ordering instructions that you can email to parents or give to them when you see them in person e. Haunted Halloween Haiku Poems. Halloween is a great time to learn about poetry. Create a StoryJumper group book and share it with your class. This way each student can contribute their haiku to the same class book. Enter each student's name on a separate page to make it easier for students to go right to their page and begin. Search for "Halloween" in the "Props" and "Scenes" panels on the left side of the editor.
Opening Activity - Clap it out! Ask students to raise their hand to give you a Halloween word eg. When they share the word, write it on the board. After a word is written on the board, ask the students how many syllables it has. Have the class clap out the syllables of the word together. Write the number of syllables next to the word.
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Continue doing this until you have developed a sizable list of words and syllables on the board. Instruction Tell students they will be creating their own Haunted Halloween Haiku that will be published and shared with the class. A haiku is a type of poem from Japan that only has 3 lines. The first and last lines have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. Because a haiku is so short, it's sometimes easier to focus on a single theme or item. For example, Halloween in general or skeletons.
Share this animal haiku with the class and confirm together that all haiku rules were followed of lines and of syllables : Green and speckled frog Hopping on a lily pad Ribbit, ribbit, jump. Guided Practice Model writing a haiku on the board for students to see. You might want to have this haiku written ahead of time.
Be sure to use some of the words from the list on the board or add some of your own before starting your haiku.