The Grade 2 students have been writing different types of poems as part of their “How we express ourselves” Unit of . I thought this was a great opportunity to introduce Google Slides as a collaboration tool. Google Slides would allow students to create their acrostic poems digitally, and compile an anthology together as a class. Students would be inspirrd by others’ poems while writing their own, and the anthology could be easily shared with parents when it is completed.
1. To get started, I created a simple template of the Google anthology for all my classes, and dropped it in a folder that’s already been shared with students from previous projects.
2. To clear up confusions that might
happen if I let students choose their own slide to work on, I pre-typed their names on individual slides so they’d know exactly which one to use.
3. I then typed up my sample acrostic poem using my name.
4. Students located the Google anthology in the “Shared with me folder”
5. I reminded students on how to write an acrostic poem and showed them my example.
At this point, it’s crucial to explain some rules when working collaboratively on Google apps. Since students are typing simultaneously on a single presentation, they are encouraged to view others’ poems, but not allowed to edit their classmates’ slides. They must work on their own slide only.
6. I did a quick demo on changing font colours and size, adding images and shapes on Google Slides.
7. To help Grade 2 students get ideas on words that begin with letters of their names, I showed them this Adjectives vocabulary word-list from a-z from Enchanted Learning.
8. Finally, the students began writing!
Here are some of the acrostic poems that they wrote:
Here is another acrostic poem that a student wrote of their choice: