Last week, the students pulled all of the art pieces they have been creating about themselves together to make an All About Me poster! Each student's poster includes a self-portrait, a family portrait, a drawing of their favorite activity, a shape collage of their home and a plate of their favorite food.
On Friday, the students started practicing their presentations. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, we will continue this small group practice in a station, preparing for a final presentation to the class. During their presentation, each student will be asked to use their All About Me posters to:
~ introduce yourself ~ introduce your family members ~ tell us something about your home ~ tell us what your favorite activity is and why you like it ~ tell us what your favorite foods (displayed on your plate) are
Before practicing on Monday, we will review our speaking rubric, remembering that good speakers have a still body, a clear voice and an engaged brain. After each student presents, the audience will provide feedback about what they observed the speaker’s body, voice and brain doing during the presentation. The speakers will also give the audience feedback about their listening. During our practice on Tuesday morning, students will practice their presentation one more time while their learning partner uses an iPad to video them. Speakers will then watch the video of their speaking and assess what they observe their body, voice and brain doing in the video. They will then fill out a speaking rubric and then set a goal for how they plan to improve their speaking for their final presentation.
We will start final presentations on Tuesday afternoon. I hope to give all of the students a turn to present before our Friday afternoon Halloween festivities. We will have 2 or 3 presentations at a time, peppered throughout our normal activities to best support our stamina as expert listeners. I will draw fair sticks to determine the order of speakers.
All About Me poster photos and presentation videos will be posted on E-Folio pages soon!
"The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi" Play ~ November 4th
We will be going on our first field trip to the Seattle Children's Theater on November 4th. We will eat lunch at school before going to the play, so you do not need to pack a sack lunch. Permission slips went home last week. Please return them to me ASAP.
Celebrating our True Stories
Thanks to the family members who were able to join us on Friday Morning during our first kindergarten Writing Celebration. It was a lot of fun to see the kids reading their stories to an audience, starting to understand that the words they write can tell their readers stories about their lives ~ just like the books we love to read together in class tell us stories when we read them! For those of you who were not able to join us, student stories will be posted on student E-folios soon! I was so busy helping my brave writers read their stories that I did not take any photos. If anyone has photos to share it would be greatly appreciated!
Speaking of E-Folios...
As we come to the end of our Who Am I project, I want to underscore the importance of your student's E-Folio. These websites are a great way for kids to define and share with others who they are as an artist, a builder, a writer, a scientist ... I will update your students’ pages monthly with writing, as well as posting products from our project based learning projects. As soon as we have our class iPads, students will also be able to record their reading and do some math blogging.
In addition to these school learning contributions, parents are welcome to help their students contribute to their websites at home as well! You can personalize the site by changing the theme, fonts and colors, you can add photos, post poems, add artwork – whatever your child wants to do! It’s their page. It is their website, let them be creative!