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Styling Librarian: Flipped Reading

flippedSo, there’s loads of talk about flipped classrooms…  My Year 6 (5th grade) teachers and I have had conversations about having a flipped reading program this final term of the year. We’re enjoying thinking this out, contemplating how it will all work, and also growing for next year. I personally had a bit of a flipped library last term where I missed consistently seeing various classes due to supporting my Year 6 students in their Exhibition Inquiry time. I created weekly videos to introduce concepts that I wanted to share with all students… worked out well enough and allowed me to show how the language books were organized, how to do a specialized search on the library system, promote books for an author visit, etc.

Flipped Reading: For now, we’ve selected a variety of wonderful books that we’re excited to introduce to students.
In the past, I ran a Newbery club at my school with my 5th graders. We loved to read many books and then predict which one might win the Newbery. We had conversations about theme, characters, and settings in addition to other layers of books and actually communicated with other schools through a blog/chat webpage about different books. Of course, in order to have conversations online across 12 different schools we also had a conversation on the Netiquette required… see bottom of this page!

The Year 6 teachers and I are doing something a little similar but we want to “dig a little deeper” so we are using online discussion prompts that develop on: Change, Perspective, Connection, and Causation in connection with our titles. First we’re providing information about the books so that students can begin… so that is what this post is about. We selected a variety of books that students from all four classes will be reading. The students will read on their time and in the classroom and then at home go online to a webpage and have discussions with other classmates about the titles.

I’ve collected book trailers that are available, blog review posts, and conversations about the books in different locations below. These will be for students to browse, learn from, and see how other book reviews are written.
I find the books we selected quite interesting and enjoy being exposed to a few new authors in this process.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

– book discussion guide:
https://multcolib.org/where-mountain-meets-moon

Book Review (spoiler included):
 http://thebooksmugglers.com/2012/06/book-review-where-the-mountain-meets-the-moon-by-gracie-lin.html

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Gregor the Overlander by Susanne Collins

Book Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/gregor-overlander

Book Reviews:
http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/gregor_the_overlander__book_one_in_the_underland_chronicles_48384.htm
http://www.storysnoops.com/detail.php?id=202

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Little Fur by Isobelle Carmondy

http://www.isobellecarmody.net/little-fur/

Reviews:
http://www.obernewtyn.net/e107/page.php?220

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Rules by Cynthia Lord

Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/rules
Book Trailer:

Publisher book information:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/rules
Study Guide: http://www.nred.org/www/nred/site/hosting/Events/Literature_Festival/RULES_Study_Guide.pdf

Author Book Page: http://www.cynthialord.com/rules.htm

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No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Book Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/no-more-dead-dogs

Author Page: http://www.gordonkorman.com/deaddogs.htm

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Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpogo

Classroom Guide/Discussion: http://michaelmorpurgo.com/images/uploads/resources/Kensuke_Lesson_Planv2_12.pdf

Audiobook small portion included: http://www.michaelmorpurgo.com/books/44

Downloadable Guide.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Book Webpage: http://mysteriousbenedictsociety.com/

Book Review: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-mysterious-benedict-society


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Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
http://eolit.hrw.com/hlla/novelguides/ms/Mini-Guide.speare-beaver.pdf

Other miscellaneous resources for Sign of the Beaverhttp://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1653

Lesson and book discussion plan: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/sign-beaver-lesson-plan

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

http://www.shmoop.com/walk-two-moons/

http://www.sharoncreech.com/books/walk-two-moons

Book Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/walk-two-moons

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Flour Babies by Anne Fine

http://www.annefine.co.uk/books/flourbabies.php

Book Review: http://www.readingmatters.co.uk/book.php?id=98

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Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/mar/06/review-eva-ibbotson-river-sea

Book Review: http://www.readingmatters.co.uk/book.php?id=185

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The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War Series Page: http://www.lemonadewar.com/

Book Discussion Guide: http://www.morris.k12.nj.us/rocktwp/The_Lemonade_War-novel_guidefinal%5B1%5D.pdf

Webquest on the Lemonade War: http://www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=124002

Book Trailer:

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Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Official page- includes summary and reviews: http://www.rebeccasteadbooks.com/liarandspy.html

Book Review Video: http://animoto.com/play/ZcID8MaH4XKmdiNMnQUzTA

Book promotion video: http://judystweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/book-promotion-3/

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Getting Air by Dan Gutman

Summary: http://readingandbreathing.blogspot.hk/2008/01/getting-air-by-dan-gutman.html

Questions (for fun) of the content: https://sites.google.com/site/katiemslab/fifth-grade-1/yes/getting-air

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A Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

Introduction: http://www.studymode.com/essays/Village-Sea-Anita-Desai-136711.html

Review: http://www.123helpme.com/a-village-by-the-sea-anita-desai-view.asp?id=160805

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Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

Review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/mar/12/review-pig-heart-boy-malorie-blackman
Trivia Game for Pig Heart Boy: http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/Pig-Heart-Boy-281241.html

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