What is the educational value for completing word puzzles?
This is a great question, that has been debated by many educators.
Working with spelling words and new vocabulary, seems like a justifiable use for using word puzzles. However; when created by the teacher, the students require no creative thinking and often lack the comprehension and connection to the new vocabulary. Sort of a worksheet in a different form. So how do we “up” the value? This value increases when you have them create their own word puzzles.
On the Discovery Education Site students can create
Word Search with Hidden Message
All which link vocabulary to meaning.
After students have created their word puzzle, on the iPad hold finger on the image and download into photos. In Photos share or upload the image into Notability and have students compete.
On macbook, right click on image and save. Share via email or google drive then download image and add image to a notebook file and use pens to complete.
Before you have students create a non-fiction book in Book Creator, you must explore the features in a non-fiction piece.
Text features in a non-fiction piece of writing, is like story elements in a fiction piece of writing. Just like you need to teach students about characters, setting, problem, plot and resolution before writing stories, you must also teach students about specific features of non-fiction writing.
These feature are there to help the reader make sense of what is written.
Features include and are not limited to:
Helps to know what the text topic is about and help make predictions.
Helps determine the time an event happens.
Helps identify a picture or photograph, and/or its parts.
Helps understand exactly what something looks like.
Helps better understand a picture or photograph.
Helps understand the size of something by comparing it to the size of something familiar.
Cut Aways/Cross Sections
Helps understand something by looking at it from the inside.
Helps understand where things are in the world.
Types of Print
Helps by signalling, “Look at me! I’m important!”
Helps seeing details in something small.
Helps in a visual way so that it is more easily understood by readers.
Charts or Tables
Helps by giving information in a visual way so that it is quicker and easier to read.
Helps with a drawingof the parts of something.
Helps with an alphabetical list of most everything covered in the text, with page numbers.
Table of Contents
Helps identify key topics in the order they are presented.
If your students are doing a character profile, for Reading or for development of character for writing, creating a Wanted Poster is a great way to explore character traits.
Create your poster as a Wanted Poster for a character (an antagonist/protagonist in your novel or story (or some other character you find interesting) Include in the information Name, last seen, physical description, special features and known associates.
Two iPad Apps will be used
Create an avatar using Avatar Creator
Create Poster using Pic Collage
get a background image of a scroll or old paper (portrait view)
open Pic Collage and create a new Collage
Make your background a scroll/old paper
Add pictures, text drawings etc, following the criteria below
Poster must include:
The word Wanted in large black type at the top of the poster
The Reason(s) Your Character is wanted for directly below the word Wanted
Your Character’s Name
A Detailed Image of Your Character (Avatar)
A Detailed Physical Description of your character
description of face and body features
description of clothes
description of accessories
A Detailed Personality Description of your character
Personality traits such as mean, shy, happy
A reasonable reward
A last seen statement : Last seen headed for Charlie Lake