We Are Published

The last few months, my fourth and fifth grade social studies classes have been busy writing an ebook. The fourth graders wrote a book on Fort Caroline and the fifth graders created a book on Roanoke.
This proved to be a very tedious, yet rewarding project for both the students and teachers. I couldn’t have tackled this without the help of our librarian, Karin Hallett.
The skills that the students were introduced to were numerous from citing sources and images to finding reputable websites just to name a few.   If we had set out to teach the concepts in isolation, it would have been a painstaking task; however, with the idea given to the students of creating a book that would be published, the tasks became relevant to the children.
The two books that were created will be used in my class next year when we study  Ft. Caroline in Fourth Grade and Roanoke in Fifth. Since we will be “textbook free” next year, it will be a wonderful tool to use and perhaps inspire the students to continue to create their own textbooks based on another topic that we discuss.
Reflecting upon this project, the only thing I would do differently is speed up the process by dedicating more frequent class time with Karin so that instead of the books taking months to create, it would only take a few weeks. Other than that, I found it to be one of the most rewarding teaching experiences I have had.
Click to download the books from itunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-lost-colony-of-roanoke/id658050696?ls=1    photo-skitch-document-1-1

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fort-caroline-first-french/id658062442?ls=1   photo-skitch-document-2

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