Boy, has it been a long time since I posted anything to this blog! Our school system has been implementing a 1:1 device since this fall and it has eaten into my time quite a bit (on and off since September). I have mostly been delivering instruction and doing activities that are repeats from last year, so nothing new really to write about. Now I’m just trouble shooting 5-10 tablets everyday, but enough whining about that!
We decided that we would participate in World Read Aloud Day this year. WRAD culminates on February 24th, with a “7 Strengths Countdown” to the date (a theme for each of the 7 weeks, beginning January 4th). Well, I missed out on the first week, “Belonging Week” January 4-9 as our students did not return from the holidays until that Thursday. Just as well that I didn’t plan anything as I worked on a record number of tablets as students booted them up for the first time since leaving for the holidays in December.
WRAD’s Curiosity Week: “What kind of reading makes you curious and fills you with wonder?”
I did finally get it together for “Curiosity Week”, January 11-15! I choose a book from the WorldLit’s suggested titles, Aaron Becker’s Journey, a beautiful wordless picture book.
I read Journey to some 5th grade classes. I began by asking them what the word journey meant to them and the students came up with a wide variety of ideas. Then I “read” it to them and let them comment on what they thought was happening in the illustrations. They enjoyed it more than I had hoped. I then showed the book trailer for the book.
I didn’t show the trailer before reading the book, because I think it gives away too much of the book; I didn’t want the students to have seen all the gorgeous illustrations before we discovered the book together. However, I do like the text from the trailer which asks: What if there was something magic that could take you far away? What would you do? Where would you go?
I asked the students to answer these questions, using index cards and will have them record their responses on Flipgrid. I wanted them to use their new Dell Venue tablets and as soon as I can figure out how to get the camera to turn around in Flipgrid I will send the teachers the link!!