My students are in love with A Long Walk to Water. Since we’re only reading about three chapters a week, I’m reading one chapter on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and it’s killing them. “PLEASE can you read just one more chapter!” they’ve begged on both Monday and today.
I love that they’re loving it, but even more, I love how they are relating to it – how they are able to identify similarities between Salva’s life and their own and not just focus on the differences, because we know there are many. The Weebly and Flipgrid I created have been awesome platforms for sharing and motivating my students to hear what others have to say and share their own thoughts. I’m thrilled with how things have gone this first week!
I posted a “before reading” prompt to the Weebly that asks classes to share how they get their water and how their lives would be different if clean water wasn’t readily available, and it’s been so fun (and not time consuming might I add) to check it each day to see who else has shared with us and how their water sources are similar or different from ours. Also, this linked perfectly with my Science unit, so it’s a double win for any 5th grade teachers out there.
We’re also connecting with classes through Flipgrid. We haven’t gotten as many video responses to the “before reading” prompt, but I know other classes have been able to watch the responses that have been posted due to the view count. Since there were only two videos outside of my class, we watched these videos together instead of individually watching them and completing response forms. My class finished posting their videos to this Flipgrid today. Check it out, react, or respond if you’re reading A Long Walk to Water, too.
Tomorrow, we’ll be adding a written class response to the Weebly for the Chapter 1 prompt as well as adding individual responses on Flipgrid. Here’s the Chapter 1 prompt in case you’re interested in joining us 😉 .
And the Chapter 2-3 prompt…
I hope people continue to post on this site and add to the Flipgrid. It’s been a pleasure moderating it.