Lesson plan share: Using Glogster with Gossamer
I’m working on a really fun and exciting project with the fifth grade and I wanted to share it. The students are reading Gossamer by Lois Lowry, which is about a dreamgiver named Littlest One. The way dreamgivers bestow dreams is by collecting memories, or “fragments,” from people and objects. These fragments are combined to form dreams that are meaningful to the dreamer.
So to go along with that concept, the students are discovering and displaying their own fragments. They are finding images and words that represent the fragments of their lives and displaying them in a Glog. The components of the lesson are:
1. How to meaningfully identify the symbols that represent who you are. In other words, using vocabulary thoughtfully. When a student writes down “my family,” ask them to be more specific. What about their family? What memories do they have that are important to them? What experiences? What specific characteristics of their family members?
2. How to search for and select images. And (perhaps more importantly), how to responsibly search for images. As you will see in the lesson plan, we are using Google’s advanced image search to find pictures, which leads to a brief discussion of copyright and fair use.
3. How to use a Glog. We have not yet reached this point (though I can’t wait!), but the kids are really excited. We will be talking about the logistics of Glogster but also about basic design principles and how best to arrange words and images on a page – the concept Lowry discusses in her video clip about writing.
4. The concept of the fragment itself. Ultimately, this lesson ties back into the book, which allows the students to put all of this fun technology into context.