Wednesday, January 22, 2014

3rd Grade One Word Project

Happy Wednesday!  I'm so excited about this post!  We've been working so hard on this 'One Word' project and it's finally complete and ready to share.  To give you some background, my co-worker Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings shared this idea and project with our staff recently.  The One Word Project is based off of the book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon.  Jennifer shared this idea with us along with how she was using it in her classroom.  Check out what she did here.  She also suggested that we do this as a school.  I was so excited when I heard about this and have been busy working in my classroom to do it with my kids.  I'm also pleased to say that several other teachers have done this too!

We stared our project with our MLK discussion on Monday.  Among other things, we read Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Doreen Rappaport.  We had a great discussion about using words and how they can make or break someone's day.  We discussed how Martin felt and made a list of the words that were hurtful to him and also a list of the words that he stood for.

I then shared the video that Jennifer made for her students so we could discuss our own words.  To start, I had a conversation with students on how I would pick my word.  See this previous post on my word. I figured that since students haven't done something like this before we should take steps and move slow to fully understand the process. After I shared I asked students what they thought their word could be.  We made a brainstorm on their desks as words and explanations came up.  They carefully picked the words that were placed on their desks and as I walked around you could see the excitement for them to share their own words.

After they had their words written out, they had to decide on just one to be their 'One Word' goal for the rest of the school year.  When they did, I wrote their words on their hands and we got together as a class to take a picture with our word.

Here's me with my word!  

They got to make their words into a colorful badge for our classroom door which is proudly displayed for everyone to see as they walk by. 

I did add their individual pictures to go along with the words that we put on the door.  The only thing that they have left to do is, write up their explanation so they can type them up to put in their 3rd grade memory books.  I was nervous at first to do this project, as I've never done something like this with 3rd graders.  I was so impressed with their seriousness behind the words, and it was really great to see how proud they were when they shared their words and explanations with our principal.  

Hope this inspires you to do a project like this with your class.  Please be sure to share how you plan to make it your own!  Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. I love how you incorporated "Martin's Big Words" as a mentor text. Perfect connection! The picture of your students' hands is priceless!



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