What is a glyph? Well, one definition is where students answer questions and make something according to how they answer those questions.
For the past few years, I’ve had second and third grade students do a fun glyph activity where they create a snowman (or snow person☺). I found this idea several years ago but am so sorry that I don’t remember who it’s from so I’m unable to properly credit the original creator. Questions include:
- Have you every built a snowman? For yes, draw 3 snowballs for the body; for no, draw 2. (Yes, there really are students living in Texas who have never built a snowman!)
- What is your favorite sport? Third graders were given 4 choices and then drew a scarf that was decorated according to their answers.
- What is your favorite season? Second graders colored their scarf according to their answer.
Click here to see the second grade glyph.
Click here to see the third grade glyph.
This year when I presented the activity to the third graders, I heard the following response from a few students:
- “This is my favorite activity of the whole year!“
I can tell you – that makes a teacher feel really good!
Here is the animoto of the third graders’ glyph drawings.
The second graders used their illustrations to make class ePub books. They wrote and recorded haiku poems to go with their drawings. If you don’t have an iOS device to open the eBook, the work has also been saved as a video.
Directions to download books to your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, etc):
- You will need the iBooks app (free) installed on your iOS device.
- Click on the book link above (while on your iOS device).
- Tap on the download button.
- Choose Open in . . . and then choose Open in iBooks
- The book is now in iBooks on your iOS device.
Directions to read the ePub book on a computer:
- You must use Google Chrome as your browser so that you can download the Readium app. The app will not work on any other browser.
- Instructions on Reading ePub Books with the Google Chrome Readium App