Reading, Teaching, Learning

Friday, February 28, 2014

Scrapbooks - Creating and Reflecting

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     Yesterday, I posted that we were making scrapbooks in order to "rehearse" memoir writing.  I promised some pictures of finished products today.  I was thinking about how creative projects like these seem to be disappearing somewhat because of our time crunch.  However, the kids did plenty of writing while compiling and reflecting on these memories, so I didn't feel like we were missing instruction and practice, and I loved seeing how involved they got.  They were so proud of their scrapbooks.  One student turned in her electronic Shutterfly scrapbook by sharing it with me via e-mail.  It was 40 pages long!  It was the first scrapbook she ever created.  Amazing.  I hope some of these creative kids are inspired to continue to scrapbook and write about their lives.  Now they're ready for the March Slice of Life Challenge and memoir writing!


This group is holding up the memoirs they read right beside their scrapbooks.


 Sample pages and covers:





                                                   





Aren't they wonderful?  I can't wait to look through them all!

6 comments:

  1. These look awesome. I have never created a scrapbook in my life. I wonder what I am missing out.

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    1. I'm not a scrapbooker, either, but my oldest daughter and mother-in-law are, and they've created treasures!

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  2. Yes, they are wonderful. Taking time to encourage creativity is never time wasted. Your students will carry this memory with them. I hope we can connect with your class. What is your classroom site for SOLC? We have a site on kidblog. It's the only site my district doesn't block. Http://kidblog.org/sliceoflifechallenge.com

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    1. Margaret - thank you! I'm still a little unclear how my classroom SOL challenge will work since we've never done it before. It's a big experiment! ;-) I think I'll post on our classroom blog, which is www.muellersreaders.blogspot.com - they don't have individual blogs - will try setting those up for them one of these days, but just hasn't happened yet. I'm looking forward to the journey!

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  3. Holly - I have so enjoyed following your posts about this project. I appreciated all that you have been sharing, including the book titles, photographs of the process and now these amazing memoir scrap books. I totally agree that there is a movement away from these "product based" projects to a more process based approach. But students LOVE working on projects like this and there is so much pride that comes from completing them and clearly this project you have done combines both process and product - and comes from a deep place of learning, reflecting and creating. I have so enjoyed following this project on your posts. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Adrienne! It was so much fun!

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