At our school, every child has a buddy in
another class. Every fourth grader has a first grade buddy.
During an initial class period, fourth graders
took turns reading the pages of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen,
out loud to each other. On each page they found examples of
phrases related to one or more of the five senses (sight,
hearing, touch, smell, and taste.)
Each fourth grader then received a small piece
of white paper on which s/he made a colorful illustration of a
The fourth graders then scanned these
illustrations (with the help of their teacher,) and saved them
as jpeg graphics. They imported the graphics into Kidspiration,
and (all together) we created an activity.
The teacher placed the finished Kidspiration
activity file onto each classroom computer.
The next day, fourth graders met with their
first grade buddies. The fourth graders read Owl Moon out loud
to their buddies, and then teams of fourth and first graders
worked on the classroom computers, discussing and completing the
Kidspiration activity together.
Fourth graders (again, with the help of their
teacher) printed a copy of the finished Kidspiration activity
for their first grade buddies to take home.
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Kidspiration Activity File