Having a classroom blog provides a plethora of opportunities to collaborate and create with classes all over the world. Recently, we were invited by Miss Jordan in Victoria, Australia, to participate in a monstrously creative writing project.
The directions for the Monster Project:
Step 2: Students write a paragraph detailing the monster.
Important descriptive details to include are color, shape, and size.
Step 3: Students trade the descriptive paragraphs with a blogging buddy. This was done via Google docs.
Step 4: Students draw their buddy's monster using only the descriptive paragraphs.
Step 5: Students Share and compare the original drawings. We used a Google slide show. As you compare the two drawings, what do you notice? (Sometimes a detail or two gets left out of a paragraph. Sometimes students miss important words when reading. )
Step 6: Publish the results on the class blog and have fun reading and comparing!
A student reading her buddy's description and
giving it a rough draft draw.
Sometimes students worked together to read and clarify a description.
Rulers were employed as specific measures were given in the description. Since our buddies are from Australia, we used the metric system, centimeters and millimeters!
Finally, the final drawings were colored.
Next stop, the Photo Booth. Student took photos of their monster and their buddy's monster. Each student emailed the photos to Mrs. Yollis. Student learned about the importance of the subject area of an email.
The Photo Booth in action! Once the photos and text were assembled in a Google Slide Show, we were ready publish!
Click here to visit our blogging buddies' site with their monstrous slide show!
What did you notice about your monster?
How did your buddy do with your directions? Did you miss any details? How can you tell?
What did you learn from this project?