This is something I am extremely excited about!!
My fourth graders created a magazine modeled after a Time For Kids magazine we read together. The students were so excited about this project they didn't want to stop working to go to recess!
As a student teacher I was excited that the students felt a purpose for their writing. Not to mention it integrated my literature unit (What does it mean to be a hero?), things they recently learned about in science (microscopes, owl pellets, habitats), and math!
We started the planning process with an Editors wall.
I made templates that modeled the Time For Kids magazine we read and the students used them as a jumping off point to plan their articles.
The Editors' wall was a great place to hold team collaboration meetings and record thoughts/ideas/inspiration with sticky notes.
As a teacher I saw the Editors' wall as an interactive learning tool for students work on a project in a cooperative group!!
[If you are interested in the FRONT COVER template leave me a comment with your email address]
After a week and a half of research, writing, group meetings, and revision it was ready for the press (Kinkos). I made a trip to have it bound to resemble a real magazine!
The kids were excited to send a copy off to the President of the United States!
This is how it turned out!