Sunday, May 4, 2014

Twitter Time: Color Poems #clrpoem


This week we started another global collaborative project with a few of our blogging buddies. We are excited to work again with Mrs. Monaghan from England and Miss Crowther and Mrs. Placek from Victoria, Australia. In addition, we are thrilled to meet and work with Ms. Shannon and her rural school in Darwin, Australia.

The object of the collaborative project is to share original poems, create digital images, and publish through classroom Twitter accounts! Each week a color of the visible spectrum will be showcased! 

One way to remember the visible spectrum is the ROY G BIV acronym.  

(ak rÉ™ nim)
  1. an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word

(*Indigo is the color between blue and violet. We might combine it with blue.) 

Here are the results from the RED week!

Ways to publish a #clrpoem tweet:

1. During class, we used an ipad to shoot photos and tweeted out from the class Twitter account. We used the hashtag #clrpoem. We submitted a few tweets as a class.

2. Some students are choosing to use their own ipads and smartphones to shoot color images and contribute ideas from home.  To make this happen, I opened and shared a Google doc with my students. (We are a GAFE district.) Below you can see the tomato photo that Roxy inserted and the beginning of her poem.

I titled the shared Google doc #clrpoem: Drop Them Here. 

As the photos and poems came in, I tweeted them out on the class Twitter account. Sometimes, conversations came up in the shared Google doc!

Sometimes, the poems + the hashtag + a name = more than 140 characters. (Twitter has a limit of 140 characters.) This gave me a chance to talk about the Google "word count" tool.

How to follow the #clrpoem project:

We are keeping track of the tweets using TweetDeck on our class computer. I set up a column for #clrpoem and all of the tweets come in there.

Make up a color poem and leave it in our comment section! 

Next week is orange. What are some things that are orange? 

Follow the hashtag #clrpoem! Maybe you'd like to contribute! 


  1. I think this is such a fun idea! I love the variety of items your students chose to represent the color red! Keep up the wonderful creativity, kids!

  2. Hello Mrs. Yollis and class,

    It's activities like these that make me wish being connected with the world was much easier when I had a class of my own. We were taking steps into a global classroom when the foundations were being built but now the global classroom has grown and expanded into a global school.

    Well done, everyone for both this project and the colourful poems. :)

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia


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