Today, I meet my students on the rug again. I remind the students how much we’ve learned about Greek mythology in the last week or so. We’ve learned about the three reasons Ancient Greeks told these myths, we’ve read seven different myths, and we’ve learned a lot about the Greek gods and goddesses and allusions as well! But now, I lean in and ask the students a very serious question: “Well, which myth was your favorite?”
Of course students have their hands shoot up all around the rug, and so it’s necessary that I give the students a chance to share their favorites. In order to quickly allow each student the opportunity share their favorite lesson, I have the kids turn and talk to a neighbor and share their favorite myth. But, before I do, I add one requirement: you must also state WHY it’s your favorite poem! I tell the students, “When I say, “Go!”… when I say what?” and the kids repeat, “Go!”. Then I finish with, “When I say, “Go!”, turn to a neighbor and tell them which myth was your favorite and why! Ready? Go!”
Instantly, students start talking and sharing their favorite myths with each other! It’s a really fun time to listen in and hear which myths the students are choosing.
Once the students have finished, or it sounds like they’re close, I regain the students’ attention using the “If You Can Hear My Voice…” strategy. (See my Strategy Folder for more information on this strategy!)
Once all students are refocused, I ask the students to raise their hands and tell us what their partner’s favorite myth was and why. We listen to a few comments from a few students. Then I tell the kids that today, we’ll start some important work with our favorite myths of our choice! In order to do so though, we need to head back to our seats!
As the students move back to their seats, our paper passers give each student a Favorite Myth Google Drive Template packet. Once all students have a packet, I explain that this week, we’ll be creating a Google Drive Presentation about our favorite Greek myth. This presentation will outline all the components of the myth, including the characters, the setting, the summary, the central message, and then also other important pieces such as your opinion about why you think this was a great myth and why other third graders might like it!
In order to plan for our presentation, today, we’ll work on completing the graphic organizer template they have in front of them. We start by taking a look through the template and discussing each slide. Students see that there are spots for them to write in their thoughts and opinions, and after we’ve reviewed each slide, the students begin filling those spots in. Students ask if they can use the story maps we’ve created previously to help them with their planning and I say of course-that’d be a great idea! I also suggest pulling back out the text (as each student has a copy of each myth we’ve read) so they can refer right to the text to pull out evidence as they complete their template.
As students work on their templates, I circulate checking on how students are doing with filling out their graphic organizer templates. I answer questions, but also ask questions of the students to ensure they’re provided sufficient evidence form the text to support their reasoning.
When the students have completed their template, they place them in their red reading folders for use tomorrow. If any student needs more time, I let them know that there will be more time tomorrow afternoon, and then they can continue to work on filling out any empty slides.