Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Reflect, Review... Try!

Thinking about maximum engagement in order to spark momentum with this group of readers... They seemed to struggle with a chapter book (10 chapters!) Even though we bolstered the learning with multi-modal experiences at certain points. Perhaps we scale back to really short chapter books for a time? For example, this type of text by Joy Cowley.

We are starting the hell pizza reading challenge this week as well - with a twist. The children will have to read at least 4 different genres of books, and create 5 book reviews. At least 3 of these book reviews will be digital. Let's link to Aurasma and the children can make our classroom walls come to life with their voice and opinions. 

Tapping into Get Epic is another resource I am trialling. At the moment the learners are reading texts on here purely for fun but I have not yet chosen a text from here to delve deeper in reading lessons. The advantage here is that the books can be 'read to me' and contain quizzes and videos, which add to the multi-modal experience and increase engagement.


  1. Hi Rebecca, I was intrigued by your mention of the digital library “Epic!” for teachers and immediately registered my class. Today my year 5 students had a go at it and it was heartening to see the buzz that it generated. I also see the possibility of delving deeper in the reading lessons and adding to the multi-modal experience and increasing student engagement. I think the quizzes and videos are a great addition to reading.

  2. I'm so glad you found this helpful! Get Epic is a great site.

  3. Hi Rebecca,

    I really like how you have used a variety of different strategies in your classroom for students to have more mileage in their reading. Some of the strategies that you have used have allowed your students to enjoy their reading and engage with it. I really want to try some of these strategies in my own classroom, keep up the great work. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen with the rest of the year!

    Kelsey Parrant