“Sliding” into Writing

With Kenya Day approaching, several third grade students began the journey of researching an African animal and creating a presentation to show their knowledge.  Transforming their notes into a handwritten poster was an exciting learning process for students to experience.  Now, many are working hard to take the most important facts they learned and turn them into what is essentially becoming a nonfiction eBook.

Mrs. O’Shaughnessy’s third grade students, for example, received a template delivered through Google Classroom with six Google Slides.  With a perfect combination of teacher guidance and student choice, they were off to create a title page, dedication page, as well as pages about the animal’s habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and survival.

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Students have been completely engaged in this project as they are proud authors with a job to do; inform their readers. What a fantastic way to work on informational writing skills including utilizing text features appropriately.  I was also able to observe students using wit and humor to capture the reader’s attention as seen above with a play on words.

Using Google Slides within Google Classroom has been an amazing addition to teaching and learning.  Students have not only been sharing content with their teaches, but also communicating back and forth with them as they can comment right on a slide.  This allows students to be more successful particularly when revising and editing their work. Teachers are also able to give them a boost of confidence, which when writing anything can certainly help.

“Sliding” into writing with Google Slides has been a smooth and exciting way for students to use digital learning to represent their knowledge.  They are certainly scoring big!

For teachers:  If you would like assistance in using Google Slides with your students, please contact your building technology integration coordinator.

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