It's that time again! When I realize I have postponed posting too long and now have a lot to update--but less than I should because honestly I felt a little lost off and on recently.
I think that's okay.
I think this year, if we don't treat ourselves with grace, we are going to implode.
So I don't have as much, but I did create a couple of new things and I'm going to continue to share all my stories with you because..I don't know what might or might not inspire and if what I have can help someone, then I want it to be out there!
I changed the organization this time because it has been so long that I just figured it would be easier to wade through the things I have made that way.
The Story So Far
Here is the story of Andromeda so far. I have illustrated parts 1-3 and not part 4. There are definitely going to be mistakes because sometimes I am throwing this thing together at the last minute. But I am excited to be working on this thing.
- Andromeda Prima (illustrated Google Slide) (text)
- Andromeda Secunda (illustrated Google Slide) (text)
- Andromeda Tertia (illustrated Google Slide) (text)
- Match Cards (and template) I made a board using Google Slides that is based on the Memory video below to help you out. This game is best used shared with all students able to edit the same Google Slides.
- Vocabulary Categories I made a simple template for students to organize the vocabulary we
- Vocabulary Drawings This is a mashup of Keith Toda's Vocabulary Olympics and my Read, Draw, and Discuss. Basically, using whiteboard.fi (thanks, Meredith White!), I gave students
- SNAP (and template) I made a new game! I can't help myself. I get bored with old games. This Slap Jack, which I created last year to be a more accessible version of Flyswatter. The basic idea is that I put sentences that describe pictures--some from the story and some vocabulary-based pictures--on "cards" that I could read aloud and show students, and I put the pictures in groups, lumped together in order so that students can self-select what level of difficulty they are playing at. To help explain game play and game setup, I have created a video below! This template is easy to edit for your class needs by just changing out the pictures and sentences. This game is best used shared with all students able to edit the same Google Slides.
- Class-Sourced Video I just learned about Screencastify Submit so I of course immediately created an activity for it. This is not an especially deep concept. Students each are assigned a sentence of a story we've been studying. They create a video using the link to Screencastify Submit that I provide. Their videos end up in a folder together, then I put all the videos in Screencastify's video editor and made it into one video that we watched as a class! voila!
- Quis Dixit The last story-related thing for this post will be Quis Dixit, inspired by an activity
- Letter from Catherine Parr Students read this for independent work one afternoon. It is just an excerpt from the song "I Don't Need Your Love" put on a pretty background. I put this on Google Classroom as a material to view.
- Exploring Catherine Parr I had students use this as a guide for discussion. We broke into discussion groups via breakout rooms in Zoom and in class. Students were expected to fill out the form with their answers individually. Between each boxed "breakout" we reconvened as a class to discuss their answers to the questions. We also watched the song in context on youtube and therefore got the entire song that way. I put this on Google Classroom as a copy for each student.
- Gallery of Choice (and template) After we did the class discussion, I had students take the final video for you below. This is best offered to students to view on their own at their own pace.