Saturday, February 23, 2013

Collaborative Poetry Gallery Walk Project....4th Grade Classroom, Music, Art, Library, and Technology Come Together

At the end of January, the fourth grader teachers, related arts teachers, and myself kicked off a "Collaborative Poetry Gallery Walk Project".  We focused around all of our curricular areas and collaborated together to make this a wonderful project where the students could show their own creative talents and passions.  

This is the brainstorming and ideas that we worked through together within a collaborative Google Doc. 
After writing their Acrostic Poems with their classroom teachers, the 4th graders brought their poetry books and posted them onto the Van Meter 4th Graders KidBlogs.  
They have loved receiving comments from others around the world.  I shared them on Twitter using #Comments4Kids and with others on our blog roll within KidBlog. 
The 4th graders then had a choice in what they created from using one of their poems.  They could use technology, art, and music in any combination they wanted to created something to share in the "Poetry Gallery Walk."  

The projects are starting to come in and I just had to share a few of them. 
Several of the students created beautiful art projects from their poetry within the art room.  We are displaying them in the library. 
                          
                          
                           
There are also a few of the students who are using Animoto to represent their poetry.  I love seeing what images they choose to put with their words.

During music time, they have also created raps and will record these to play during their "Poetry Gallery Walk" too.

This was one of my favorite projects of the year to work on with other teachers because we all worked together to make this an exciting and connected project for the students.

The poetry event is planned for the first week of March.  I can't wait to see how the students bring these things together to showcase on special day.

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