Virtual Disney Rides and Literacy Skills

Virtual Disney Rides and Literacy Skills
Posted on 05/08/2020
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The AMI period has created new challenges that teachers and students have never before experienced. Throughout our final month of school, we will highlight extraordinary assignments, success stories, unique projects, and memorable moments from our classrooms from March to May. The learning and growth has continued online at the HSSD during these months, and we couldn’t be more proud! 

HSSD third grade students in Ms. Lauren Sierocuk’s class at Gardner STEM Magnet School enjoyed virtual “rides” on attractions at Walt Disney World. Each day, she provided a different virtual ride video and a literacy challenge crafted for the ride. On Day 1, they rode Expedition Everest, which includes several scary, high-adrenaline moments. Students talked about the different feelings they had on the ride, just as they do when they read stories. On Day 2, she assigned Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train and asked students to locate and remember key details, like good readers do while reading. For Day 3, they rode the Frozen Ride, and were to make connections to a story that they know. Good readers make connections to other texts that they have read. On the final day, they rode the World of Avatar, and were asked to make connections to things they have done or seen. Good readers make connections to other experiences.

Ms. Sierocuk tells us that students enjoyed a change of pace with these virtual ride assignments, which helped to practice literacy skills in a different context. 

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