I love Somos and I love Seesaw! Put them together and it just makes sense.
I previously showed you how to “Establish Meaning” as the first step in using Somos and Seesaw together. See that post HERE.
Today I’m going to introduce part two: Telling a Story.
In the past I always used the script in Somos Units to “Ask a Story” . I really enjoy that activity, I’m a very theatrical kind of teacher. But you don’t have to do that. There are other options.
I love these new StoryBuilders that are a part of the digital Somos Flex. I’m going to be using them for now and for always because I love them so much. They’re so low prep! If you’re teaching third, fourth and fifth grade, there’s a very good likelihood that you’re teaching multiple grades with multiple preps. Storyasking can be incredibly labor intensive and mentally intensive, so if you’re juggling all these different curriculums, you might be telling three different stories in a day and that’s just really tiring. So the StoryBuilders give you a support of content that’s really good, that’s personalized, that’s engaging compelling input but not so much work!
The sequence for the unit is:
1) Mi diccionario
2) Practice Sentences ¿Comprendes?
3) StoryBuilder as a class (2-3 times)
4) StoryBuilder – independent activity
When I assign the independent activity with the StoryBuilder, we have already gone through the same StoryBuilder as a class. I highly recommend you do that. First of all, it shows them technically how to navigate the Google Slides. Second, it’s so stinking fun to have them vote on which one that’s just super fun. Do it once, twice, three times before you let them do it independently.
I might do the actual Storyasking from the traditional Somos unit as well depending on how I feel the class is getting the vocabulary. Is it coming automatically when I ask them, or do they need more practice? Is it a good story script that I know this class will respond to.
So your students are ready to navigate the StoryBuilder on their own. Here is how I set it up.
With the actual Google slides StoryBuilder, you will need to make a COPY (Click FILE and then MAKE A COPY) to keep in your personal Google Drive. Then you can change the directions because they might not be suitable for your grade and students. This copy is the link you give your students. (Click Share at the top and then Copy Link)
For example, I remember hearing from a third grade, veteran teacher who told me that third graders have a really hard time copying things from another source. It’s really difficult for third grade, that’s a developmental thing, so do not have them write it down.
I instruct them to go through the story twice, and then pick their favorite version. If you want to go through it more than twice, they can.
So that is Step 2 – Story! How do you like the StoryBuilders? What is your favorite one? How do you use them?