So here it is. My Course 5 UBD planner for my final project. After putting myself out there several times on Twitter, asking for classes interested in collaborating with me on this project, I kept coming up short. I started to wonder if something was wrong with my internet connection, since I wasn’t getting any response. Finally, after creating an infographic explaining my project ideas, I received some retweets and a few tweets of interest from some teachers. I have to say that this was very exciting for me!
My idea for my project is to connect sketchnoting with informational writing. My 4th Graders just started a unit on Informational Writing. The goal of the project is for students to write informational picture books that are geared towards 2nd Graders. The students will collaborate with a partner class and get feedback from them about informational topics of interest to them.
Using that information, the 4th Graders will set to work researching topics to learn more about them. They need to be able to understand the content well enough to teach it to their 2nd Grade partner through their picture book.
At the beginning of the unit, the 4th Graders will also be introduced to sketchnoting – what is is and why it can be a useful tool to use while researching. After the students are familiar with sketchnotes and have tried making a few, they will use sketchnotes to document their understanding of the topic and subtopics for their picture book. They will use their sketchnotes to help guide them when drafting the picture book.
Throughout the process, the 4th Graders will share their sketchnotes and drafts of their books with the partner class – getting feedback on parts that are clear, and parts that are not. Then they will revise these sections. Finally, we will share out informational e-books with our partner class.
As of right now, I’m thinking of using Google Sites to create a website for the project to “live”. I’d like to include either a Flipgrid or Padlet page, as a place for students to leave message and feedback for each other. But a lot of that will depend on how much tech our partner class has access to.