Yesterday, the fourth graders connected with the poet Laura Purdie Salas. Laura and I have become friends through Twitter and Facebook. We were super excited to make this connection with her and the kids at Van Meter.
Laura first spoke to them about using photographs to inspire writing. She brainstormed with them and showed them how to write a poem with different visualizing techniques.
For this project, I thought it would be fun for them to use the HaikuDeck app. HaikuDeck is one that is new to the fourth graders and one I wanted them to use before the end of the year. They would be able to put together words and images into a presentation really quick and easily. It is also easy to share these with others.
We had the students get with a partner and gave them the task of either taking a photograph or finding one within HaikuDeck. They then wrote a poem to go with the image they choose.
We gave them 15 minutes to create and told them we would come back together with Laura on Skype when they were ready to share.
All of the groups shared their HaikuDeck Poetry.....They did an amazing job!
The fourth graders published their HaikuDeck's and were excited to add this digital tool to their own "tool box" of things to use on future projects.