Monday, 28 April 2014

7th Round Table Web Conference

Last Sunday 27th of April, our Master Degree classroom was invited to participate in the 7th Round Table Web Conference in order to present our e-projects.

During the subject ICT in the Primary Classroom, our teacher, Mª Jesús, invited us to accept the challenge of designing an e-project for primary classrooms according to different topics. Therefore, eight teams were created to face this challenge.

After three intensive months of work, we finished our projects and we had the chance of presenting them to the world. This conference, presented by Angelika Güttel-Stahlhofer, started with a presentation of our teacher giving a brief summary of the aims she stablished. Afterwards, one member of each team presented their e-project with the main goals they wanted to achieve or activities and resources people will be able to find on each blog.

According to our e-project, Heal the world with stories, was our partner Laura, the one that presented it. She explained the design of our blog, the aims we wanted to achieve and the activities we have proposed to be carried out. 

At the end of her speech she pointed out the aspects we should improve and the difficulties we found learning how to use these technologies, most of them new for us. Despite of that, she mentioned that we were very proud of our results because we reached our goals and learnt a lot.

To sum up, we want to thank to Virutal Round Table and Angelika Güttel-Stahlhofer for the opportunity they let us participate in this wonderful activity and gave us the possibility to share our blog with the rest of the world. We also thank to our ICT teacher, Mª Jesús, for all her work, patience and teachings during these months and for showing us another way of seeing ICT and how we can use them in a real primary classroom.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Activity 6: Podcast

Now, if you finish the story map you are ready for the next activity! You have to record yourselves telling the story of the Hare and the Tortoise using the story map that we have done before.

Activity 5: Story map

Hello children! As you know in a story we can find mostly a beginning, a middle and an end.
Well, now you are going to think a story and then you must do a story map. This is an example of the story of the Hatre and the Tortoise.

In this activity we want children to think  how a story is formed. Before telling the story, students must do a story map to outline and select information.

Make your own mind maps with Mindomo.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Activity 4: Bookshelves

We have created a wall using Pinterest tool where you can find a wide range of books for different ages in which it is written a brief descrption of each one. We invite you to "Pin" in our wall your favourite books for children. With this idea we pretend that our students are able to access to this wall and choose those books they like the most.

Activity 3: Telling a story using an original tool

With this activity we want you to tell a story using an original tool. As you can see in this example, we have chosen origami to tell our story.

There are a lot of tools you can use. Here we provide you some examples of what you can use to create your own stories:

  • Puppets using socks:

  • Marionette:

  • Shadow puppets:

  • Painted hands:

  • Spoons:

  • Cardboard puppets:

  • Cake pops:

With this activity we pretend to develop our students' creativity and imagination so, they can take into account that stories do not have only to be told or read, but also they can introduce original resources to make this activity more interesting and funnier. We invite you to use this methodology which attracts children's attention.

Activity 2: Write the end of the story

In this URL you will find a short story of five magic elves. Read the story and write an end for it. What do you think the magic elves will do? You can write as many ends as you can imagine.

Write the end of the story

Reading stories is very important, but also writing them. When kids read stories they are able to imagine new worlds and characters, but we have to give them the opportunity to express that creativity and imagination they have by writing stories. With this activity the topic is already given, and they only need to invent an end for that story.

If you develop this activity with your students in the classroom, then they can read them aloud so they can bear in mind the wide range of possible endings for the same story.

Activity 1: Storytelling time

Today is storytelling time and you will hear a story call Miss Week and the days of the week. Hope you enjoy it!

Miss Week and the days of the week

The aim of this activity is to tell our students a fractured fairy tale. This story is based on the populat tale of "Snowhite and the seven dwarfs", but we have modified the story in order to teach our students specific contents, such as, the days of the week, clothes, forest's elements and some feelings or moods.

The dialogue is already provided, but another idea we can carry out using this activity is DIALOGIC READING. Dialogic reading is a technique to tell stories, where the students became the storytellers and the adult an active listener, The procedure is based on prompts or questions the adult asks the students so they can predict what they think it would happen or tell what is happening. Therefore, the students will be telling the story and at the same time, we will give them the opoortunity to practice the vocabulary they already know and learn new.

As a suggestion, we recomend to review or teach some words, before telling the story, as they will need to use them in the story and it will be easier for them. Also, you can carry out different activities after telling the story, such as a bingo feelings, the walking statues or write about you and guess who could it be.

Bingo feeling is avocabulary game based on the popular game where they have to complete all the words from their cardboard. With this game they can review the vocabulary related to feeling and moods while they are having fun. You can provide them the words selected or let them choose them from a list you write on the blackboard.

The walking statues is a description game, where the students have to walk around the class while some music is played. When the music stops, they have to find a partner and put back to back. We will ask some students to describe what their partners are wearing.

And finally, write about you and guess who could it be, is an activity to work on reading and wirting skills. Each student writes on a piece of paper a description of the clothes they are wearing. The teacher picks up all the papers, mix them and give one to each. One by one, each student came to the blackboard reads the description aloud and guesses from who is it.

These are some examples, but they are a lot more, such as making masks, singing songs or doing a role play.

We hope you find it useful and you like the story. With this example, we want to encourage to adapat or modified popular or traditional tales according to the contents we are teaching, our students and the aims we have suggest.