Sunday, January 24, 2016

Commercials Galore- One of my Favorite Units

I always get excited when it's time to teach media literacy. This past week, my fifth grade students were introduced to media literacy and many of the persuasive techniques used to convince us to buy various products. 

Some of the techniques we discussed were the bandwagon, snob appeal, and the emotional appeal techniques. Throughout the week, we watched various commercials and discussed the music, camera angles, graphics, formality and informality, persuasive language, and how all of these factors in commercials CAN manipulate, and convince, us.

Students then worked in groups to create their very own commercials. They were hired as an "advertising team" to invent a product they thought others needed. Each student had a job (chosen by them or the team based on his/her talents). Students then wrote scripts, designed slogans, jingles, and logos, directed, illustrated and collaborated.

I'm so proud of the jobs effectively accepted, practiced, and performed by our hard-working students. Sure, initially some students struggle with their "job" and "other employees." However, in the end, it's a total joy to watch these initial struggles be worked out cordially among them and life lessons learned in the end. 

Here's a look into this past week's hard work. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Genius Hour in the Classroom - 2nd Time Around!

On Monday, I had some very excited children. I even had one jump up and hug me! Passion Projects #2 have begun! We had such fun with our first Passion Projects that I've had students begging to start again. Now that the holiday break is over, (yes, we have to accept it), it's time to begin our 2nd projects.

 I showed a very motivational video to encourage them to dive deep, engage, and learn. Even though this video is meant for a person desiring to be an entrepreneur, it seemed to fit perfectly for Genius Hour.  Here's the video we watched.

 I also shared with the students some of the positive feedback they gave me from our last Passion Project. Here are a few examples:

  •  "I started my own band."  Bailey B. 
  • " I was super nervous, but when I was up, I overcame it.  I was so surprised." Hope A. 
  •  "I learned that my great grandfather got a Purple Heart." Dylon J.  
  • "I got to learn how to weld and spend time with my family." Mackenzie G. 
  •  "I worked with my dad putting in the lights on my tri fold board. "I did not know I had a family member that was in WWII."  Mitchell C. 
  •  "I would have never had done this with out Genius Hour. I love doing research and loved making my volcano and learning about them. I also loved spending time with my family and was scared to do my presentation, but now I am not."  Justin S. 
  •  "I learned how to embed a video on my blog." Deegen V. 
  •  "I got to spend time with my mom, and I gained more confidence."  Ayden B. 
  •  "I learned how to make a Powtoon." Jake Y.
Lastly, students were to come up with a driving question for their 2nd Passion Project. We've got some topics that I can't wait to learn about. It should be another fun "ride" and journey.

Until next time!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year ~ 2016!

Happy 2016!
Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that 
you will have many blessings in the year to come.