I spent a day last week creating what I will need for my Guinness World Record unit .
Activity #1 will kick things off and utilize the posters I purchased from Joann’s. This will be their first experience with the Educreations app. My primary focus of Part 1 will be taking photos with the camera, typing a sentence, and recording their voices. Part 2 will be an individual writing activity where they will have to open and view a lesson in Educreations.
Activity #2 will focus on more academic skills while students summarize brief articles that can be found with QR codes. Students will get experience with the i-nigma app to access the articles and they will have paper copies of the graphic organizer (shown below). The PDF at the bottom of this post has the links and QR codes for 6 articles on the Guinness website. I tried to choose stories that would be of interest to my students since I already know them. You can create your own QR codes at http://www.kaywa.com
Activity #3 will be informational text comprehension and I will use the leveled stories from the Guinness website. Here are links to the selections written for Grades 3-6. While students work on these independently (reading the article in iBooks) and I will be doing some writing with others.
Other files you may want or need:
You know how you get coupons online or via text and they burn a hole in your pocket? A few weeks ago I had a 50% off for Joann‘s. Our local Joann’s is small and lacking in everything. However, there is a larger store up north and my friend and I often make a stop there when we get together.
How excited I was to find this bulletin board display in the teacher aisle! Cool motivational posters based on Guinness World Records. Each poster has a brief blurb at the bottom about the record. Having just finished up my iPad training, it all hit me super fast!
This will be a great kick-off to the year. I have a huge bulletin board in the back of the room and these posters are definitely conversation starters. I can introduce the iPads with some QR codes and simple writing prompts with Show Me or Explain Everything.
And….the best part? It naturally leads right into our first novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. The whole story revolves around the “fattest boy in the world”, Zachary Beaver, and the effect he has on two young boys one summer.
While I am just starting to put a plan in place, I thought I would share some of the ideas I have come across. As we know all too well, the first few weeks of school never go exactly like you think they will.
Writing and Language
- Use these images for great journal prompts or story starters.
- Adapt these lesson ideas created for ESL learners to meet the needs of your students. (Reading, grammar, speaking, and writing activities – I plan to use them all!)
- Try these four free samples for reading comprehension.
- Downloaded an 18 page free sample PDF of the 2013 Guinness book and put it in iBooks/Subtext.
For use with the iPads
- Check out the Augmented Reality feature in the 2013 edition (I know my students will love this.)
- This web quest isn’t quite updated to the current Guinness site but the activities are still good.
Teamwork and Cooperative Learning
- This Goal-Makers, Record-Breakers lesson plan has students plan for their own sports related record-breaking ideas. (I feel like there needs to be a disclaimer like “Don’t try this at home!”)
- Maybe geared a little more towards STEM courses, this Strong Structures lesson plan would be another good cooperative activity.
Lastly, a short promo for the book: