One thing about snow days and schedules that get thrown off, it gives me time to collaborate a little bit more with the teachers. When we have late starts, our related arts times are shortened to allow for the literacy block to be pushed into the afternoon.
During these shortened times, I see the students in the library to check out book and do a short activity together. Then I head to the classrooms to try to catch a little time with the teachers.
This week on our late start I found Staci Braun, one of our 4th grade teachers, in her room and we collaborated on the project we will start together after spring break next week.
She has been working with her students on creating an expository writing about a place they are interested in learning more about. Within the Common Core Writing Standards for 4th grade, it states, "Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey idea and information clearly."
Smore, a Web 2.0 tool that creates online newsletters.
The students would be able to add the elements we were focusing on such as formatting, illustrations, and multimedia to assist in the comprehension of the topic.
I will create an example before we introduce this to the 4th graders so they have one to refer to as well.
We are really excited to tell them about the Smore Expository Writing Project.
And we can't wait to see what they create.