Monday, April 30, 2012

Reading Rainbow Anyone?

Okay, I have a question for you! Does anyone else's school library still have a bunch or Reading Rainbow videos on the shelf? Ours does! Our librarian has been weeding them out and moving to dvd's and United Streaming, but we still have a bunch! The funny thing is that while we laugh at how incredible outdated they are, our kiddos get so excited if we actually show them one! And somehow they ALL know the theme song. Confession....sometimes I "accidentally" have to rewind the beginning to "check" something, just so that the kiddos sing the theme song again! It is just so spontaneous and so funny to listen to them! So because we have these videos still and because we do sometimes show one here and there after reading a series of books, and because my kiddos love the book reviews I decided to try some in my classroom! I took my kiddos to the library and let them pick a book that they hadn't read before, but that they thought looked really interesting. After reading the book they wrote a book review and practiced sharing it for several days as they finished other work. They practiced by themselves, with partners, and for groups of friends, but never got tired After they had gotten some good practice in I pulled them one at a time during an indoor recess and used my flip camera to video them. Once we were all done I put the clips together into a movie and then we watched them. OH MY GOODNESS it was funny! They all tried different types of book review personalities, silly, funny, serious, etc. It was SUCH a hit!!! We had to watch the movie about 3 times in a row and I think they would have asked for more if it hadn't of been time for specials! I also was able to put the videos on my school website as podcast for parents to watch. If you are looking for something fun to do at the end of the year this would probably be a hit with your kiddos! I have found over the years that anytime I can video them and let them watch themselves they are SO much more motivated! I still can't figure out how to get spaces to show up in my posts!! Does anyone know how to make this work? I used to have them, and now no matter what I do, they don't show up! Glitter Words
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  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading rainbow. We have Discovery Education subscriptions in my county and they have most of the episodes on there. I think that I love it more than my kids but they know all of the words to the song and sing along. :)

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  2. Firefly in the sky.....I can go twice as high! LOVE the good ole RR. We just watched Animal Cafe and it was the one from New York in the early 80's. They were showing a radio. One of my kids asked, "what is that thing?" Made me smile.