Saturday, January 17, 2015

Readbox-Less Waiting, More Reading!

 We've been working incredibly hard on writing book reviews for our favorite books. The first task we faced was figuring out which one was our favorite--there are just too many great books to choose from! Some of us chose books we've read during Reader's Workshop and read aloud while others chose favorites from years past and present that they've read at home with their families.

After deciding on our favorite book, we started writing about them. We came up with many reasons and examples to persuade others to want to read them as well. At the end of this week, we used the Shadow Puppet app we used earlier in the year with Mr. Gagnon to make "Book Trailers" for our reviews!

Once we created our "Book Trailers," we created QR codes using the app Qrafter to put on our Readbox! When someone finds a book on the Readbox they are interested, they can use a scanner app on their smartphone or tablet to read the QR code and watch the video! Our book selections are available in our classroom library as well as the SMS library, so if anyone is interested in the books on our Readbox, they can "rent" them to read themselves (only our books are free to rent). There is also another Readbox just down the hall with selections from Ms. Arnold's class! 

The rest of our QR codes will be up by Tuesday afternoon--they've all been tested and are ready to go :) Try testing a few from home! (Don't have a QR Scanner on your smart device? Use this Web QR scanner to watch our videos!) 

Junie B Jones is Not a Crook
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

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