Ready-to-Use Teaching Ideas: Technology
- chart paper and marker
- language and literacy
- computer skills
- fine motor
Write the word diary on a sheet of chart paper. Read it to children and invite them to share what they know about diaries. Inform them that they will work together to keep a computer diary to document the highlights of their week. Explain that they will be creating a record of a few important things that they feel, as a group, are important to record.
Schedule time before the end of each day to bring children together to share the highlights of their day. Include your highlights, as well. Record everyone's responses on chart paper. Read over the list and invite children to choose one or two events that they feel, as a class, are important to document. Help facilitate discussions so that children will learn to share their ideas and express their opinions.
Use a digital camera to photograph events that occur in the classroom, such as a celebration, a visitor, a special block structure or art project, or children engaging in an activity. Show children how to use the camera and encourage them to use it, with supervision, to document events.
At the end of each week, review the daily highlights and ask children to choose a few to include in the diary. Invite two children each week to assist the teacher in inputting the information.
At the end of each month, provide children with copies of the diary to take home and share with their families.
Remember: Not all children will have a highlight to suggest. Allow them to "pass" if they don't want to offer a highlight on a particular day.
Journals. Send a note to parents explaining the value of diaries for children. Provide them with ideas to encourage their child to write or draw her ideas or experiences. Ask families to provide their child with a notebook and pencil to use to keep a diary at home.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Illustrating the Highlights. At the end of each week, provide children with drawing materials and ask them to draw and "write" about a highlight of the week. Create a weekly "highlights wall" where children can display their work.
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