3rd_grade, booktalks

Booktalking using active listening sheet

This format of having students accountable for listening during booktalks came out of NYCSLA’s wonderful presentation by Sonja Cole. Students listen, reflect and write down 3 words to describe the book, and then rate all the books that were presented in the booktalking session. Great format and this year (2010-11) I will work on growing their vocabulary about books.
This is a 4th grade example:

3rd_grade, folktales, greek myths, Hercules, imagination

Imaginative Stories

We started the 2009-10 year reading about the imagination and great reading habits of Grace in Amazing Grace. We followed up by reading the exciting North African Bedoin folktale of Rimonah of the Flashing Sword. Then I played The Rage of Hercules, retold (I edited out the really scary part) by Odds Bodkin and interpreted in ASL by Sarah. We loved all these stories and it gave us good reasons to hit the 398.2 section!