Ever wonder how the "specials" could collaborate?
Here is what Cheryl Sullivan, from Rockport Elementary
in Massachusetts did with librarian, Patricia Hussey, and art teacher,
We are working this week on
sketching the pictures (first graders) and will fill them in next
week. We have 3 folk tales, with a first-fourth grade combo working
on each. Two of the classes will physically pair up as buddies because
they have library and tech at the same time. (I will take pictures
of that!) The other 2 fourths & firsts are working in tandem.
The fourth graders typed, I printed them, gave the copies to the art
teacher; he worked with the first graders as they drew on the copies,
he sent the pictures back to me and the first graders looked at them
as they drew on the computer! Phew! So, we will soon have jpegs for
you of Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Pecos Bill! It was a nice project
for collaboration of the "Specialists"!
And how did it go? Notice in all cases whose hand is on the mouse! The
first graders learned a great deal from their expert partners. Be sure
to visit their tales in the dictionary; they're great!
The Specialist “Tag Team” Process -- Folk Tale Buddy
In the Library:
- Fourth and first grade students listened to the reading of a folktale
(Paul Bunyan, John Henry, or Pecos Bill).
- Students brainstormed a word connected with the story for each letter
of the alphabet, then created sentences that retold parts of the story
using the words.
- Students created a “retelling” summary of the story for
In the Computer Lab:
- Fourth graders typed the words and sentences on the computers, then
printed them, leaving a space in the middle for an illustration.
In the Art Room:
- First graders drew pictures to go with the sentences on the printed
In the Computer Lab:
- The pictures from the Art Room were used as guidance while the first
graders drew their pictures on the computer (Kid Pix).
- The pictures had the text flattened and were exported as jpegs, then
emailed to the CyberDictionary site.
The Library/Lab schedules coincided for one first grade and one fourth
grade class, so these students were able to work in cross-grade
buddy pairs. Fourth graders in the Library read folk tales to the
first graders, while fourth graders in the Lab assisted the first
graders as they illustrated the sentences
Classroom curriculum connections:
- Identifying names and sounds of letters
- Restating important facts & retelling stories
- Social Studies curriculum, geography & people of the US
(Folktales were selected with consideration of different regions of US)