Between the Alaska state testing and all the other projects needing to be done to close up the school year, I squeezed in a fun little project to support teaching the Alaska Common Core language arts standard that addresses figurative language for 5th grade.
I knew it would have to be an engaging project in order to encourage my students to be excited about one more thing before they finish the school year. I wrote a mini-unit using lots of technology, most they are familiar with, in order to set up the most successful situation I could. They have learned a lot about iPhoto and Comic Life this year. I taught them how to use the scanner so they could turn their hand-drawn creations into jpegs which could easily be used, stored, and manipulated in iPhoto.
There are so many really engaging examples of figurative language on YouTube. Most are student created and use modern music to illustrate elements of figurative language. My students wanted to watch these over and over. Thank goodness for 1:1 computers and headphones!
The video above goes through the project and how it was laid out and conceived. I was very pleased with the results of the project and of the video. Hopefully, it is organized well enough so that any teacher can pick it up and implement it in their classroom!