In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
So, 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.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
– book discussion guide:
Book Review (spoiler included):
Gregor the Overlander by Susanne Collins
Book Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/gregor-overlander
Little Fur by Isobelle Carmondy
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/rules
Publisher book information:
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
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
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
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Book Webpage: http://mysteriousbenedictsociety.com/
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Other miscellaneous resources for Sign of the Beaver: http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1653
Lesson and book discussion plan: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/sign-beaver-lesson-plan
Book Discussion Guide: https://multcolib.org/walk-two-moons
Flour Babies by Anne Fine
Book Review: http://www.readingmatters.co.uk/book.php?id=98
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Book Review: http://www.readingmatters.co.uk/book.php?id=185
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
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/
Questions (for fun) of the content: https://sites.google.com/site/katiemslab/fifth-grade-1/yes/getting-air
A Village by the Sea by Anita Desai
Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
Trivia Game for Pig Heart Boy: http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/Pig-Heart-Boy-281241.html