Mrs. Bowles' Third Grade Class had so much fun doing a writing activity with Mrs. Sulhoff's Third Grade Class in Iowa! Each class was given the characters Joey and Molly as well as the setting of a circus and were told to write a story! Each class broke up into groups. One group started writing and when time was up, they passed it on to the next group who had to pick up and carry the story! That continued several rounds! We shared our writing with the other class and completed an AEIOU Discovery Education SOS Strategy on Padlet about our reactions to the stories! You can read our stories and view our Padlets here!
This week, we had the opportunity to connect with a third grade class in Minnesota! They are reading The One and Only Ivan as a class read aloud and wanted to connect with some students while reading it! Our EBOB students have already read the book, so instead of reading along, we decided it would be fun to give them some things to look for as well as answer some of their questions about the story! We used Padlet to track our questions, answers and look fors! We are enjoying this type of collaboration! Check out our work at this Padlet!
Our World Read Aloud Day Skype had to be postponed due to snow, but Ms. Berta's class was extra excited to Skype with a 3rd grade class at Edison Elementary in Indiana.
Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Batliner alternated reading the story "Do Not Open This Book" to the classes. The students loved the story; as it is a favorite of the students in Indiana. It was fun to alternate questions and learn about life at their school. They also wear uniforms, use chromebooks rather than iPads, and like pizza for lunch. It was so fun to get to know another class of 3rd graders!
Mrs. Sheets 2nd grade class Skyped with author Barb Rosenstock. To go along with their study of biographies, they read her book Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library. The students loved hearing about how she got the information for her book through research.
The students loved hearing the facts about Thomas Jefferson. They were surprised to learn about all the books that he has. He donated his book collection to the Library of Congress. Mrs. Rosenstock has never visited the Library of Congress, but is going in 2 weeks! We can't wait to see her pictures while she is there.
Mr. Safrit's class had the opportunity to Skype with Kristin Tubb, the author of John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy. The book is written under a pseudonym because several writers are part of the "Based on a True Story" series that the publisher is putting together.
The students were excited to hear about the writing process, and that the author does lots of research before writing the story, even checking Wikipedia and YouTube videos as sources!
She shared that she was inspired to read and write after winning a contest in 6th grade and getting to interview author Madelyn L'Engle on the telephone. Her encouraging words to the students to keep reading and writing were well received.