Today JG and the Boys (Jim Covais, Tyler Hart, Ryan Stein and myself) had so much fun in 3rd grade at Highland Springs Elementary! Our academic focus was on affixes: prefixes, root words and suffixes. We explored how knowledge of affixes will help us expand our vocabulary and break down unfamiliar words. Each class came to the library for an hour. We kicked off the lesson by listening to Flocabulary's Prefix Rap.
After a quick review of prefixes, suffixes, and root words, each student chose a word from a list that had both a prefix and suffix. Using an iPad, students clicked on a Stoodle collaboration board link. Stoodle offers real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with as many pages that are needed. I set up each class with their own Stoodle Page with 25 pages – one for each student. Our awesome colleague, Sarah Green, had shown some of our team this awesome tool, so we had to use it in this lesson! Once students were in their Stoodle “classroom”, each child selected their student number at the bottom of the page. Students entered their word and were asked to circle the prefix in green, underline the root word in yellow, box the suffix in red, and use the drawing tool to draw a picture of what they thought their word represented. Once everyone was finished, students were able to click through the other pages to see their peers’ thinking. Check out a few examples from the students: