When I transitioned from teaching in the virtual school and returned to the classroom at the beginning of Quarter 3, I readjusted our reading block to incorporate student choice reading with a project-based learning activity. Most of our narrative work is in the first quarter of the school year, and it was very evident that our students needed some form of narrative to maintain engagement with the curriculum. For quarter 3, that meant reading a book of choice and completing a 6-image storyboard with 2 sentence summaries of the main events of the book.
Our ELA curricular emphasis during Q4 is on Science and Social Studies text. Thus, the students will continue to develop narrative understanding by reading a book of their choice. However, Q4 expands on the work of Q3 by including a digital outcome.
To meet the district speaking and writing standards as well as the requirement of student choice opportunities, students will have the option to present live in front of peers or digitally on Seesaw. If students select the digital project via SeeSaw, they will be able to post videos and comments in a moderated environment. They can record, constructively review their work and the work of others, and re-record final submissions.
In preparation for the projects, the students will have an introduction to Seesaw and two short, interactive activities to help them learn the platform.
They will also view two Reading Rainbow videos available on Youtube to identify what makes an engaging video performance.