Free Spirit News

My students LOVE to share what they are exploring in school with their families. Each month, the students create a newsletter. We do this together in class and make a giant copy of our newsletter.

The students come up with the main topic of our newsletter and what they would like to share with our “audience.” The topic usually connects with the inquiries that we are researching in class. The students design the newsletter and create all of the illustrations.

Below is a picture of our first “Free Spirit News” draft from November! The students wanted to send home an “all about us” newsletter.

Process photo…

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Finished copy! The artwork the students created is stunning, isn’t it?

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I take pictures of the student’s work to document it. I bring the photos home and finish the newsletter on my computer. I type the student’s writing in case their words don’t show up and to fix any mistakes for parents as they read.

My students are K-3. If I had older students, one of their jobs would definitely be editor. They would type up the newsletter and learn how to use the “Pages” application on my Mac. There are so many amazing skills that can be worked on when creating a classroom newsletter!

Please see the below example of our most recent newsletter.

Here are some “process” photographs…

And the finished copy that was sent home with parents….

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I’ve found that having a newsletter is a perfect way to “wrap up” and reflect upon our inquiries, which usually take 4-6 weeks, as well as share what we are learning with our families. It also serves as a formative assessment and allows me to really see what the students have learned from our inquiries. It’s so interesting to see what concepts “stick” with each child.

I’d love to hear the ways you document learning in your classrooms and any more ideas you have about incorporating NEWSLETTERS!

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