magnetic poetry twist with google slides

Everyone loves magnetic poetry sites and slides, especially the great examples Kasey Bell has shared. These inspired me to create a magnetic poetry google slide deck using a favorite book! I love the useful ‘grab text’ feature from google keep. So handy. I used it to lift the text from one page of Harry Potter book one. Then I added the converted text to slides and moved words to tiles for the random poetry activity.  (I didn’t take the time to do the tiles as well as Kasey does in her tutorial). Students can make their own copy of the slides/page you’ve selected for them, or do it themselves with their current interesting read. You could add in a nonfiction text too, use this as an engaging activity to pique interest in the next read aloud… so many ideas and so little time! Even give the challenge of magnetic poetry haiku or cinquain, can’t wait to try more book pages to see what we can come up with. Google slide example with keep here.

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summer free time coloring mural

img_3921We started a little tradition of free time coloring for interested students this year. In my previous school, I made table length murals for “coloring breaks”. Students and teachers liked to sit a spell a bit when the mood struck them. This year I don’t have a spacious library to use so I grabbed a bulletin board and sketched scenes for it throughout the year. This was our summer send-off version. It would be a good way to review topics, too, I added some sink and float images because of a 4th-grade lab I saw that week! A few more doodle examples here and the table version here.

 

playing around in pop art

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As part of our fine arts focus break this week we learned about Romero Britto and his engaging, bright pop art. Students were excited to try to replicate the happy, positive images and colors. Britto combines elements of cubism, fauvism, pop art, and graffiti in his paintings, using his bright and vibrant palette to portray lighthearted subject matter, creating a visual expression of hope and happiness (source).  We chose a whale as a topic so no one felt stuck on what to draw, but anyone who really wanted to choose something else was encouraged to tackle pop art their way.

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