My students had a blast writing poetry and then making a slideshow with Animoto. First, we brainstormed some winter words. Then I had them help me write a class poem. Next they used the template to write their own poems. Finally, they used Animoto to make a slideshow of their poem. You can set up a free teacher account at Animoto. I suggest you set a kid friendly password so your students can type it in themselves. It is a very easy site to navigate your way around. My 4th grades didn't have any problems. My teaching buddy had a problem with the program logging her students out before they started a project but creating a login that students can type in should eliminate that problem. If you want them to add photos, you will need to teach them how to save pictures to their computer. They can just add text if you prefer. Be sure to grab a free copy of the templates HERE or by clicking on the picture.
Check out the slideshow poem.
If you want to incorporate even more technology or if you think your students need some more help with writing a diamante, check out this link for ReadWriteThink. They have a program that helps students generate poems.
Anchor Chart of the Week
This week's anchor chart comes from F is For First. Click on the picture and it will take you to Melissa's fabulous blog. I know I'm still teaching what an equation is in 4th grade.
Chuckle of the Week