“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver


Saturday, 22 December 2012

First Nations Legends Foldable

 During our unit on First Nations People and European Explorers I came across a foldable idea from Stephanie's blog at "Teaching in Room 6".  I loved the idea and quickly adapted it for my student teacher.  She was teaching my class about Legends from First Nations People of Canada.  I thought the foldable would be a great hands-on link for the students and a good way for my student teacher to quickly assess whether the students had fully understood what the characteristics of legends are.







Above you can see some photos of finished student work.  My student teacher further modified the foldable I had adapted.  You can see how easy it is to use these little gems to differentiate and meet your own teaching goals.  She had the students focus on the "origins", the "morals" and the "symbols" found in First Nations legends.  

If you are interested in learning more about legends and their origins check out the following website Aboriginal Legends.

If you would like a copy of the 4 corner foldable I created you can download it for FREE here .
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16 comments:

  1. That looks like a great way to display knowledge. I will pass your idea on to teachers of older students.

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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  2. Thanks for your feedback Sandi! I have been spending part of my holiday so far marking some legends I had the students write AFTER doing the foldable activity. I can tell that they clearly understand all the characteristics and parts of this specific form...and the kids had fun making the foldable!
    Happy Holidays to you!

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  3. Thanks for the link to the website! Just shared with my art teacher! Mrs. Crook

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing the idea! I am addicted to foldables now! I think they really engage the students and I do see transfer of the knowledge into other areas of the curriculum. I have started using interactive notebooks in math this year too, and I think the best part is creating foldables to go into the notebooks! It keeps the students and MYSELF engaged! Happy New Year!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this idea! I'm actually working on this same unit in Social Studies right now, so you gave me a great idea. I have four students though that do all of their work on a laptop computer (they're involved in our Board's Centre For Success). Did you happen to modify this activity for any of your students? How did you (or your student teacher) do so? I think that this foldable would create a great visual for all of my students, but I'm trying to think of a way to stick with this visual while still meeting these students' individual needs. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

    Aviva
    www.weinspirefutures.com

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  6. Just off the top of my head this is what I would do. I have had kids who only do their work on SEA provided laptops in my class before. When I had students who had the assistive technology I would scan or upload the document and have them make complete on the computer. I think you could download the attached document and then upload it to your student computers. They should be able to type in their answers or have someone assist them with it. What do you think?

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  7. Love the Flippables that your student's created! How awesome!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. It was another great idea I got from Pinterest and TPT. I love being inspired and then making it into something I can use with my class immediately. I find that if I like an idea and I try it out...I am more likely to add it to my teaching repertoire again! The kids sure like anything that involve foldables!

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    2. Are you following my Flippables and Interactive Notebooks Pinterest board? Totally inspiring!

      http://pinterest.com/4mulaFun/flippables-and-interactive-notebooks/

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    3. I am following it! Lots of great ideas! Thanks for the heads up! Have a great weekend!

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  8. This looks like a great project!

    I'm visiting your blog after receiving your comment on my blog, and I'm so glad you found me. I used to work primarily with gifted students, and I still have a large population of gifted students in my classroom. I'm now a follower, and I'm excited to see what activities you're doing so I can get more inspiration for working with my students.

    Alison
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology

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  9. Why thank you Alison. I really liked your blog. I love having someone else who has taught gifted students to talk to. Although there are a large number of gifted programs in my school board, there is no way to share ideas/inspiration with each other. The board is just too big! I plan on visiting your blog regularly so we'll keep up with each other. I am running a 100+ Follower Giveaway starting tomorrow so be sure to come back and enter...there is coffee involved!

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  10. This is a great idea! I touched on Aboriginal Legends this year while teaching Global Issues in grade 11/12. This is a good idea that could be used for any number of topics. Thank you for sharing!!

    Miss L
    Miss L’s Whole Brain Teaching

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  11. Why thank you fellow Canadian blogger...the whole Canadian thing has been on my mind. I think the foldable idea can be used for a multitude of ideas too! Have you seen Dinah Zike's books? She is awesome. I think if you haven't checked her out you should...I even think if you Google it you can find a download of one of her books. I also think I have it pinned on my Interactive Notebook board on Pinterest if you are interested!
    I was checking out your most recent blog posts...your holiday looked fantastic! I am eternally jealous...hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. I hadn't heard of her books before but I am definitely going to check them out right now. Thanks for the tip :) Thanks for checking out the blog! If you would like you are more than welcome to enter my giveaway and celebrate my blogiversary :) and congrats on passing 100 followers

      Miss L
      Miss L’s Whole Brain Teaching

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  12. I will do that! Thanks for the congrats! I am having fun...but still learning..I got hacked on Twitter tonight! ACK! The things you think you know but don't...if you get any weird emails from Twitter with a tiny url in them...don't click on it..and don't try to sign in unless it actually comes from Twitter...you would think I would have known better! Have a great night!

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