Sept. 30, 2013 – Global Read Aloud! Ch. 1, Q3

Today we started reading Sharon Draper’s book, “Out of My Mind”. Here is question 3 — answer the question in the comments below. (Be sure to find and answer today’s blog posts for questions 1 and 2, too).

(Question created or facilitated on Google Docs by @aleixa, a teacher in Wisconsin, USA)

3.  The trait of “voice” is one that we talk about in writing. How does the narrator’s voice (personality in what the narrator has to say) sound to you? Would you enjoy talking to him or her?

Sept. 30, 2013 – Global Read Aloud! Ch. 1, Q2

Today we started reading Sharon Draper’s book, “Out of My Mind”. Here is question 2 — answer the question in the comments below. (Be sure to find and answer today’s blog posts for questions 1 and 2, too).

(Question created or facilitated on Google Docs by @aleixa, a teacher in Wisconsin, USA)

2. Were you surprised at the ending of chapter one? What do you think will happen as the story goes on?

Sept. 30, 2013 – Global Read Aloud! Ch. 1, Q1

Today we started reading Sharon Draper’s book, “Out of My Mind”. Here is question 1 — answer the question in the comments below. (Be sure to find and answer today’s blog posts for questions 1 and 2, too).

(Question created or facilitated on Google Docs by @aleixa, a teacher in Wisconsin, USA)

 1. Right away, the narrator tells us that he or she is surrounded by words. What power do you have over the words you speak?

 

 

Tues., Sept. 24 – Google Docs, Inquiry in Science, Math Assessment & DPA :)

EDITOR’S POST:

We had a super day! Students started in the lab learning about accessing their private & secure HWDSB Google Docs account. We will use Google Docs for several things this year — so convenient to have our documents “web based” and for the documents to be accessible from wherever we have an internet or wifi connection 🙂 Students can switch seamlessly between devices, receive feedback from the teacher on their work right online, collaborate with the teacher or other students, and retrieve anything they type into their document if they mistakenly delete it —– everything typed into a Google Doc is there forever and can be retrieved. We will use Google Docs as a convenient tool for learning in any subject that requires writing and students will be prepared for using Google Docs in future grades….and for using them in adulthood. Do parents have an interesting example for their work about how they use Google Docs in their job, e.g. for collaboration? We’d love to hear about it.

SCIENCE – Check out the pictures in our Storify story below (made up of our tweets). We worked in pairs to categorize our energy questions and then made word webs (in the style of our online Popplets) using an interesting technology —– paper, scissors and glue! 🙂 Lots of students love to work on paper with their learning style — kinesthetic students like to move and manipulate ideas with their hands, artistic students like to manually add text features like colour or personalized fonts to show the connection between ideas. It was interesting for partners who finished to pair up with another team and compare how they categorized the question list that the class generated Some ideas were:

  • renewable energy sources
  • non-renewable energy sources
  • the future
  • new energy sources
  • the environment
  • life without energy

Ideally, students learning in our unit will be driven by these questions and categories. Next step will be for us to create and expand a common class word web, cross-reference with the Ontario Science Curriculum and see if there are any other sub-topics we will need to look at.