Thursday, May 15, 2008

Looking for project collaborators gr1-5

Wow, has it really been that long since my last post? This job has crazy hours. I can’t even come close to keeping up with reading all my favourite blogs.

My students (gr1-4) and I have been reading and talking about Fairy Tales – both traditional and fractured for a couple of weeks. An idea has been slowly forming in the back of my head, and I think it is time to let it out. A Fairy Tale newspaper.

Of course, this is not a particularly new idea. My students could certainly write articles about Fairy Tale events from various points of view. We could make sure to include sports pages and comic strips. I’m sure that would be fun, and the parents might enjoy downloading the finished product from our class site.

What I have been thinking about is how to kick this project up to the next level. What if our newspaper had international correspondents writing articles? My students could choose the best work sent to them and work on the page layouts in addition to writing their own articles. There might even be room for some peer discussion between the correspondents and the publishers! Finally, our newspaper would have an international audience with friends and parents of correspondents from around the world downloading and reading it.

This could be a great enrichment project for a couple of kids or you could have your whole class prepare something. Writers could work individually, or in teams. If your class creates a large number of pieces, please have a selection process and forward the best for submission, I only have 4 students to read them all!

If you read this and you or someone you know would like to get involved, please email me (meacherteacherATgmailDOTcom).

The end of the year is a great time to do a special project!

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