The students of 6th grade have been summarizing what they’ve learned in History class this year in a rather graphic and novel way: by creating a comic book! Ms. Esther Araiza’s students illustrated key moments from pre-history through the Middle Ages in a Google slides presentation that they formatted to look like a comic book.
The project was evaluated for technology class using five criteria: sequencing of information, originality, use of graphics, citation of sources, and document formatting. By explaining important events in history in their own way, students gained a deeper understanding of the content than they would from just reading it in a textbook.
Fifth-grade students in Spanish class have created colorful animations that recite poetry! After using Garageband to record themselves reciting a poem, students uploaded an audio file to the Voki.com website and chose a customizable animated character to voice their words. The students improved their audio editing skills and their Spanish pronunciation while having fun at the same time! Another benefit of this particular assignment is that it allowed Ms. Aizuri to easily evaluate her students’ fluency and enunciation by simply clicking on the URL that students submitted to her. Listen to poems by Esteban, Claudina, Victoria or Rodolfo and see why students enjoy using Voki.
Recently, fifth graders in Spanish class created news podcasts detailing current events here at ASFG. The student journalists worked in teams to write and edit scripts. Then, using Garageband, they recorded themselves, edited the audio, and added “jingles” and sound effects to their podcasts. Some of the topics covered included the musical performance “Hairspray,” service learning, International Games Day, and visits by authors Pam Muñoz Ryan and Maria Garcia Esperon. Students were engaged in the process of writing and speaking because they had the opportunity to choose their topics and work with their friends. Check out the podcasts by Giselle & Alina or Esteban & Elisa & Ana or Santiago & Alejandro and learn more about what is happening at school!
how their location celebrates the holiday. Students used their information literacy skills to find reliable sources and cite their information and images. Working in a team required students to organize and collaborate in order to produce high quality work. This project engages and motivates students by providing the opportunity for creativity and fun.
The students in 5th grade Spanish classes have been using the new Macbook cart to create comic versions of modern-day fables. After a conversation about what constitutes a fable, students brainstormed ideas and began writing and illustrating their fables using a website called Pixton.
Using the comic format as a teaching tool is becoming increasingly popular in schools for a variety of reasons. Comics can engage and “hook” visual learners, teach students how to develop a storyline and plot, and help students make inferences from visual clues and text. After they’ve finished writing, designing, and editing their individual comic fables, students will present them in class and share them online. Perhaps through this assignment we will discover an “Aesop” of the 21st century!
engaged in thinking about language and history while they determine how to present their understanding of the familiar song. They interview others, research and write a script before acting and recording their video. Finally, students edit their video and share it with their class. This fun project requires collaboration, imagination, and sometimes costumes.
information from the internet so students used a research outline to help them find sources and organize their thoughts. The outline required students to define their search terms, provided links to possible sources, a structure for determining the validity of resources and guidance for creating citations. See a student example of the completed research guide.
After finishing their research, students used Pages to create a magazine format and then uploaded their finished document to Joomag, an online magazine platform. Using Pages allowed students more flexibility on the formatting of pictures and text than Google Documents. Uploading the final product to Joomag makes it much easier to share the magazines with the public. Learn more about renewable energy options from Yizel's magazine or water issues related to Lake Chapala from Jaime.
Students gave speeches about the topic of their research in class. Then, on May 12, students presented in the 5th Concurso de Oratoria in the auditorium. Four 7th and four 8th grade students spoke passionately about their topic in order to help their peers understand the environmental issues we face in México today. These eight students demonstrated great speaking skills and impressed their peers and the judges. First place 8th grade student, Andrea Arriaga, encouraged us to support the protection of Bosque Primavera. Mariana Aguilar, the 7th grade winner, spoke about water pollution and water access.
Throughout this project, students used a wide variety of technology to research, plan and produce high quality magazines and inspiring speeches. The structure of the research outline helped them formulate their thoughts and find reliable information. The flexibility to pursue their personal interests and design a visually pleasing magazine engaged and motivated students to learn about the environmental issues facing México and share with the world.
En quinto grado en español leímos juntos un poema escrito por Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Enseguida escribimos una estrofa parecida usando el tema de las hierbas aromáticas y finalmente lo grabamos usando la herramienta WeVideo. Practicamos la fluidez lectora, la precisión en la pronunciación de las palabras al leer un poema, escogimos imágenes que coincidieran con los textos y subtitulamos lo que se escuchaba. Ver las videos sobre Lavanda y Citronela.
En la evaluación se tomó en cuenta la ortografía y el uso de figuras retóricas como la rima consonante y la comparación. En la clase de technology se evaluó el uso del programa y que los alumnos lo hubieran sabido publicar usando sus cuentas en Google Apps.