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Pine Tree Videos 2014


Our 5th grade reading group read an old tale by Hans Christian Andersen titled “The Pine Tree.” Students spent a over a week engaged in some in depth reading of the selection focusing on the evolving theme of story, character analysis, vocabulary, and story structure. The culminating activity was to create a video using iMovie on the iPads which represented the story that included free-use photos, story captions, and free-use music. Most of the projects are complete and posted. There are a few in the latter stages that will be posted when they are complete. Please take a few moments to view their work.

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Paired-text Reading

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Our fifth graders have been working on close reading strategies this fall. This week they are reading STEM-related articles about innovations about solar energy and how the city of Houston has engaged in an energy conservation initiative since 2008. After reading and working through both articles, our 5th graders are analyze both articles for similarities and differences about the author’s point-of-view and author’s purpose.

Using iMovie on iPads in Reading

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EY 5th graders have been reading Hans Christian Andersen’s Pine Tree story. Along the way, they have been engaged in close reading activities which require them to preview and predict before reading, actively search for relevant information during reading, and reflect on learning after reading. 

The culminating activity is having students construct an iMovie video which represents the story of the Pine Tree through photos, captions, and sound. Students are learning how to search for images that are free for use for education using advanced Google tools and the Wikimedia Commons website. It has been amazing at how quickly our 5th graders have learned how to use the iMovie app and are now showing their teacher all sorts of new tricks!