Peters Twp. Middle School Library
April 2016 Happenings
THIS MONTH'S HIGHLIGHTS
PTMS Tournament of Books
One student had created a perfect bracket and won the tournament. Two other students weren't far behind and tied for second place. The three winners received Starbucks gift cards.
We're already looking forward to next year's tournament!
It was a great opportunity to hang out with friends and to unwind from a long week of assessments!
Highlighted Library Lesson - 8th Grade Social Studies' Epic Rap Battles!
The students were put into groups and assigned topics which included: the Eastern Front, the Russian Revolution, the Battle of Verdun, the Treaty of Versailles, naval operations, trench life, tanks and planes, technological warfare, and the causes of the war. They researched big ideas (subtopics) and facts about their topics using library books, library databases, and educational search engines and websites. Then the students took the information they found and wrote a rap that contained at least eight facts, was at least one minute long, and went along with the backbeat that they were assigned. They recorded their raps using the library laptops. Then, to create a music video as their final product, they uploaded images, captions, and the recorded raps using the Movie Maker software.
In each class, the students watched their classmates' videos and voted on which group of students they felt was the winner. Of those first-round winners, the students then voted for the most epic rap of Team Warhol as a whole. Mr. Cheran presented the winners with medals and served them a pizza party lunch!
This was such a meaningful lesson for the students and a rewarding lesson for us as we heard how much knowledge the students had acquired about their assigned topic and how they incorporated it into a neat finished project!
The winners are pictured above and the winning rap can be found here.
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