Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

PostHeaderIcon Global Read Aloud Time Again!

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It is that time of year again, Global Read Aloud time! Our MWES Braves have joined approximately 20,000 students from around the world to read, write, and use technology to communicate and deepen their thinking.

Our 4th and 5th graders are enjoying conversations about The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, using Edmodo, a safe educational networking site. Using their schema along with the text, they are making predictions and inferences about characters, their points of view, and events in the story. While connecting closely to the characters in the story, students are also connecting with their peers in an effort to question, discuss, and better understand their reading. Here’s a screenshot of one discussion on Edmodo.

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3rd grade Braves are also participating in the Global Read Aloud Project. Along with thousands of students, they are reading the classic, Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.  They too are learning to describe character traits and points of view as they use their schema and the text to make inferences during reading. Edmodo has been a great tool for these readers as well, connecting with other 3rd grade classrooms from Las Vegas and Kansas. Here’s a screenshot of a poll Mrs. Kyser sent out to the group.

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It is truly incredible to see so many kids this exited to read, write, and talk about books! Students have used tons of creative ways to share their thoughts about their reading while developing 21st century skills. To learn more about the Global Read Aloud and how students from around the world are responding to the project, visit .

PostHeaderIcon Networking is Working for MWES


As a Twitter follower of Steve Reifman (@stevereifman), author and fellow elementary teacher, we worked out a wonderful learning opportunity for our readers here at MWES. Mrs. Carver (@StaceyCarver1) was quick to jump onboard with this project as she invited a small group of 5th graders to take on a unique reading challenge…

Read Mr. Reifman’s first book in his new mystery series and write reviews to help with his release! Our 5th graders are thrilled to take part!

ChaseAgainstTimeNew100Now in anticipation of the release of his new Chase Manning Series, this lucky group of students is excitedly reading the first of his installments, Chase Against Time.

Currently deep into the book, our readers have enjoyed the twists and turns the story has offered us so far. The plot has kept us guessing as we narrow down the possible suspects in an interesting dilemma. Students are discussing the story line and making inferences to help them solve the mystery on along with Steve Reifman, Mrs. Carver, and myself. Edmodo, first used this year to collaborate and communicate with other readers as part of the Global Read Aloud project, has been a fun way to share and discuss the characters and plot of this story as well. If you haven’t tried this safe, educational networking site with your students, you should! It is a media that instantly hooks students into wanting to discuss their thinking about reading. Check out a snippet of our discussion on the screenshot below.

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This project will allow us many opportunities to address the common core standards listed below.

RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

b. Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

c. Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grade 5 on pages 28 and 29.)

W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

             Twitter and Edmodo are two great tools for meeting the technology requirements in this last standard, but they are more than that. These tools not only prepare our learners for the 21st Century, but they genuinely motivate students to learn, collaborate, and share their thinking. They are two must tries for today’s elementary educators. If MWES teachers are interested in how you can use one of these great tools to deepen your instruction of the new ELA Common Core Standards in an authentic way, don’t hesitate to contact Susan Jenkins (@ssjenk6), our Technology Integration Specialist, or myself. See for yourself, how networking can work for you and your students!

             We’ll be sure to share our reviews in an upcoming post. Until then, you can learn more about Steve Reifman and his exciting new series at .