We have just completed a fun global project with Mrs Yollis’s third grade class in Los Angeles, California.
- Students in 4A and 4B were matched up with a partner in Mrs Yollis’s class.
- All students drew a picture of a monster.
- Next, the students wrote a detailed description of their own monster.
- The two classes switched their writing (but didn’t swap their pictures).
- The students had to draw their partner’s monster using the details in the written description.
- We compared the original drawing to the drawing our partner made of the monster!
The results of the project were so interesting! Here is the writing that 4A and 4B students prepared along with their picture and the picture that their partner in Mrs Yollis’s class prepared.
- Writing needs to be very clear and detailed for someone to generate the same mental image that you started with.
- Writing is an excellent way to help people create a mental image when it is done well.
- When you leave details out of your writing, people can’t read your mind to imagine what you were thinking.
- Good readers create mental images when they’re reading.
- Working together with other classes is fun!
Be sure to check out the post on Mrs Yollis’ blog to see the results of our students drawing the directions from her students!