which can be printed from the Plickers website. One of our favorite things about Plickers is that all of the cards look different. This keeps students from looking at a neighbor’s card to copy their answer. One of the ITRTs, Mrs. Wright, made a quick five question pre-assessment of various language arts skills. The students and teachers both had a great time participating in the Plickers activity before breaking out into the following centers:
Stephanie Wright and I worked on inferencing skills using real commercials. The students watched different popular commercials that did not use any dialogue so it required the audience to use inferencing skills. While watching the commercials the students discussed how inferencing was used. After the discussion the students made their own Comic Life poster that focused on inferencing. The students chose an emotion to focus on and took a selfie displaying that emotion. The trickiest part about making their Comic Life was that the students could not say what emotion they were displaying. Once all of the students finished their Comic Life they saved them as JPEGs and then dropped them onto a collaborative Padlet wall. The students did such a great job and LOVED the activity!
Jim Covais and Matt Caratachea focused on main idea with their group. The students were given a short reading passage and were tasked with identifying the main idea. Once the students decided on the main idea they headed over to Bitstrips to show off their knowledge! The students created a one panel comic showing the main idea of their passage. When they finished their comic the students took a screenshot and saved it to their desktop. Mr. Covais created a Padlet wall for the students to share their work, so after the students took their screenshot they went to the Padlet wall and uploaded their creation. Padlet is such a great tool for sharing work! It is a digital collaborative corkboard. The students simply dragged their comic onto the Padlet wall to share their main idea with their classmates.
Karen Hues and Sarah Green had the students engaged in non fiction learning! Students used newsela.com to read non fiction articles at different reading levels. Then they used Vocaroo to record themselves reading their article to practice their fluency. After listening to the recording, they wrote a summary in TodaysMeet to share with the rest of their group. They were limited to 140 characters, so it was important to condense their article into a concise summary.
Jessica Robinson and Garry Marshall had a blast with their students! Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Marshall focused on synonyms as well as inferencing. The students were given cards with an emotion listed. Once the students received their emotion card they started by taking a selfie using the Dell Webcam. After dragging their image to their desktops they headed over to