Several of you asked about my student book review activity from this past week when you saw this picture I posted on Instagram, so I thought I'd take a minute to share it here.
In preparation for our Picture Book Smackdown, I wanted students to learn what makes a good book review. Since my students have never done video book reviews before, I wanted to introduce examples to them. I used videos I found on YouTube from two channels: The Book Man and Amazon Two Lions. I showed students several of the videos and had them brainstorm a list of the characteristics they thought made a good review.
After the kids had a strong list of things (introduce yourself, title and author and illustrator, prepare ahead, share a few details, show the book, show the pictures, keep it short, tell why you like or dislike the book....etc.), I then gave them a chance to do a written book review. I used book review sheets I found on TpT. The ones I used are HERE, but there are many available and anything will work. If you have time, you could design your own.
After doing these written reviews last week, this week I have introduced my kids to FlipGrid for the video book review. We just started these lessons (today is Tuesday), but it is going well so far. We had a few technical difficulties, but we worked those out and I hope the videos will get better as the week goes on. The kids are loving it! More information to come...
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