Last week we read a beautiful picture book called My Blue is Happy. It is told from the perspective of a child who explains her family members’ different connections to various colours, and then shares what each colour means to her as well. For example, yellow is a cheerful colour to her grandmother, but for the child it is sad, like a wilting flower or a butterfly caught in a net. It’s great because it allowed us to talk about what associations we typically have with things, and how they might be different from other people’s. After reading the book I challenged the students to write some colour similes of their own, in a similar style, and then created a Haiku Deck of what they had written. Using figurative language is not an easy thing to do. It’s moving from thinking about the concrete to the abstract. Haiku Deck provided an opportunity to create great visuals for each simile, as the range of pictures to choose from is vast. Here is one example. I will add a few more in the coming days. These look great on a phone or iPad. If you look at them on a computer be sure to go to full screen! 🙂
My students have been using Haiku Deck lately, as a fabulous way to both enhance their own understanding of material we are studying, as well as to demonstrate learning. Haiku Deck is an app on our school iPads which helps students create simplified presentations on any topic they like. For example, we worked with our little buddies to make alphabet books, or decks, as they are called. In socials my grade 4 students made decks on the explorers and my grade 5’s made them on Quebec. Today we used them in science to review material from the first chapters of the units we are now learning about. For the 4’s this meant creating a deck on the properties of light and for the 5’s, force and friction. I find it is an excellent tool for students with different learning styles to be able to showcase their knowledge with pride. It also helps students retain the material they are learning, as they spend time creating a presentation that requires them to have an understanding before they begin. It’s a great way to prepare for a test too! I was super happy with the results from today. All the completed ones were uploaded to the website, and then I can review the students’ work at home. One hitch….most students did not put their names on them, and Josh K seemed to show up as the name on more than one. I know how to fix this though! 🙂 Check out a couple of decks here. The first is by Hannah, the second by Newton, and the third is by Eric.