Are you a "Mentor Sentence Junkie" like me?
If you've never experienced the joy of using Mentor Sentences, hop over to
to see what all the fuss is about!
This is the GOOD kind of fuss!
My students have become more confident at noticing things than they were at the beginning of the year AND are better at taking chances
... what's the harm in telling what you notice?
Even if it's that you still notice there's a capital at the beginning and
a punctuation mark at the end...you are noticing something :)
Our Mentor Sentence came from the wonderful book by
Eileen Spinelli, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch".
It was the perfect book to talk about character traits and
how the main character changes throughout the story.
Kim Parker at
has a wonderful post with a freebie for documenting
the character traits and what happens in the story to cause Mr. Hatch to change.
I wanted to use some of Kami Butterfield's suggestions for
becoming a #paperless classroom...so...
I had a tech club student snap some photos of the book and
upload them into google slide.
We downloaded her presentation as a pdf and uploaded it to
Seesaw into "Mentor Sentence Martha's" journal.
Students logged into our Seesaw class account and went to
Mentor Sentence Martha's journal
Clicking on the pdf allowed them to view the presentation of the book my
tech club student had put together without having to share it with everyone :)
I had my students partner up and read through the book together using
Ms. Parker's suggested stopping points to talk about the character traits
they noticed and what actions in the story led them to think this...
Students were challenged to take a screenshot of the picture that
depicted Mr. Hatch exhibiting the traits they were calling out.
They uploaded the screenshot to PicCollage on their iPads...
Clipped the picture to show just Mr. Hatch...
Then started adding the character trait words
to their project.
They did the same for the middle of the story..
And for the end of the story.
Finished projects were added to their Seesaw Learning Journals
to share with their family and peers to critic and comment on
in a safe environment! AND I can grade their work
from home using my computer or iPad to access their uploads!
Want more ideas on how to use
PicCollage with your students?
Click on the picture above to take you to the
PicCollage Ambassador page where teachers
are sharing their resources for both Reading and Math ideas!
Let me know if I can help you
get started with PicCollage in your classroom today!I'd love to share how versatile this amazing app is with you!
Enjoy your day!