So many choices, so much excitement! Galloway 5th graders loved making such a strong connection with the author through her videos as she read and answered questions. The book is already touching hearts as Ally’s story becomes more and more real to us. We were able to begin several connections with other classes around the world, through Edmodo, Edublog, and Skype. The Mystery Skypes were a great team-building kick-off!
Lynda Mullaly Hunt reads chapter 8 and answers questions posed by students around the world.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt has recorded the first chapter for participants of Global Read Aloud. How cool is that!
Sketchnoting builds a connection between verbal and visual components. It is a personal form of note-taking that activates the brain in the process much the same as doodling. Doodling is a way of thinking, of drawing information around a thought process.
Make visual notes (sketchnotes) about the main events from a chapter in the book. Take photos and upload your notes to the blog or use any available apps to make your visual notes. Label which chapter you are sketching about.
Consider.. Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
What visual representations will best describe…
* The sequence of events?
* The emotions of the characters?
* The impact of what happened?
* The text you will use?
Paper & pencil or black felt tip pen
Ipad apps – Bamboo Paper, Paper53, Bookcreator
(It’s easier to do your first sketchnote on paper)
Sketchnoting – Intelligent Notetaking – explains my passion for sketchnoting, what and why we sketchnote with basic shapes and examples to support beginners.
Sketcho Frenzy – Basics of Visual Notetaking – explains fundamentals of text hierarchy, words as images, and the structure of sketchnoting.
Zeina is the Leader of Learning & Innovation at a Primary school in Sydney. She loves sketchnoting, lego and coding on her ipad. Zeina runs the makerspace (you can check us making at #stfmaker) at her school where students come to code Sphero Robots, create things with Littlebits and Makeymakeys, create amazing structures in Minecraft and sometimes even cardboard! Zeina loves connecting and collaborating with teachers from around the world on twitter. She would love to share your sketchnotes with her followers @ZeinaChalich
For this predicting activity, I have created a word cloud using Wordle. The word cloud was generated by entering the book’s blurb into Wordle. If you are familiar with Wordle, you will know that the more often a word occurs, the larger the word in the word cloud.
To participate in this activity, view the word cloud with your class, and discuss your predictions. I think that given the large number of participants, it will be a lot easier to create one post per class to share your students’ thoughts about what the book is going to be about.
Clicking on the word cloud will take you directly to the Padlet that was set up for us to share our predictions. Please note that the Padlet is going to be moderated by myself and Tam so we keep it safe (this means your post may not be published instantly, but we will check and publish at regular intervals every day).
On another note, the irony of using a word cloud featuring a variety of colours and an unsual font in the context of a dyslexia-themed book is not lost on me (!). My first thought was to use a plainer black and white design for the word cloud, but after reading that highly contrasting colours make it more difficult for people with dyslexia to read, I changed my mind. I think if we ensure that we share this word cloud orally and as a whole class, we will support each and every child to participate in this activity.
I very much look forward to reading everyone’s predictions!