Candy Pierce, media coordinator at Northwest Elementary, brings us this week's blog post.
I wanted to be a little more creative presenting the NCCBA Junior Category titles to my 3rd-5th grade students. I used to book talk the nominees over a period of time. Students did not seem as engaged as I talked about the books. I started thinking about how I could make this more appealing to my students. I knew that all the titles were extremely good books. After all, students who loved the books had submitted the titles.
Several years ago I ran across a lesson called What Genre Is This Book? The lesson included how the Media Coordinator engaged the students using QR Codes and iPads when they reviewed their state nominees. This year I started out my lesson my giving the background of the award as part of my introduction. Then I explained to the class what our outcome would be once we are done with the lesson. I made sure that each class understood, if they wanted to vote, they would have to read a minimum of five books in order to vote for their favorite.
I started my lesson out by taking the time to review different genres: biography, autobiography, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, etc. I spent some time reviewing the elements for each genre. Before we actually started the lesson, I clarified my expectations as they rotated through each center. I had groups of three or four students. I reminded them each student would have a different job at each center. The jobs were: a recorder to write the answer(s) down on the recorder sheet, a QR code scanner, and a person to read the summary.
Students had the opportunity to look at the book, read the summary for 90 seconds. There were three genre choices on the opposite side of the summary for each book. Students read the summary, discussed the genre within the group based on the summary, and recorded their answer on the recording sheet. They then checked their answer by scanning the QR code.
Once students started rotating through the centers, they started asking about checking out the books. Next year I am going to do the same thing with my 1st-2nd graders. The only difference will be a shorter summary and fiction and nonfiction as my choices. One other change I plan on making next year is to include book trailers as well.
I used Follett and Goodreads for my book covers and summaries.
This lesson will take several weeks to complete, but I promise you, your students will be engaged.
Northwest Media Coordinator
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