Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We Are Readers!

As the school year winds down, we are reflecting back on ourselves as readers. I stumbled upon a great project on the Notice & Note group on Facebook. Students are making videos of their reading lives.

We are looking back into our reading logs. We are searching for books read months ago. We are taking pictures of our favorite places to read. We are creatively turning these things, and more, into a video.

Watching my students get so excited about this project inspires me. It's May 24th. We only have a couple of weeks left of school. Today, each class worked diligently for an entire hour on their projects. (I have no pictures because I was working alongside them.)

I love watching them use their voice in the video. I love watching them pose for their pictures. They asked if they could use all the pictures I took this year, so a student showed me how to upload them to Google Photos. Yes, a sixth grader showed me an easier way to share the pictures. What's better than that?

Every year we review our reading logs and talk about how we've grown as readers, but this project is requiring more. They are talking with each other about books. I hear, "Remember when you read that?!?!" or "Oh, that was the best book!! I want to read it again!"

The passion for reading is evident in my classroom. My students are readers. I can't wait to share the videos with you. (I'm making my own too. Can't wait for you to see that, too!) Coming soon...


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11 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful project, Michelle - what a great way to end the school year.

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  2. What a nice way to end the year. And I agree, 6th graders have really taught ME! You're going to have to teach me about Google Photos now! Jennifer Sniadecki

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    1. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! Google photos....changed my life!

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  3. Great post, Michelle. The kids must be thrilled to be busy on something reflective, as opposed to the usual end of year, let's not do much routine. What program are you using for the video? I can totally see second graders getting into this one too. Thanks! Maribeth Batcho

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    1. Kids are using what works for them. Most are using PowToons, some WeVideo, and a few iMovie. It's exciting!

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  4. What a marvelous capstone project! I hope you'll share the finished projects with us once they're complete. (Including yours!)

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  5. Love this idea! I can't wait to see how these turn out! I know you will share.

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  6. Awesome way to end the year, and the students sound so excited, and so do you! Nothing like a breath of fresh air to keep you going here at the end. I'm looking forward to you sharing, Michelle!

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  7. What a refreshing way to wrap up the school year! Kids love the change of pace.

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  8. Oh my, the excitement is in every word! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished products.

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