Interactive Whiteboard Activities, Book Resources
Fun activities that let students go inside nine popular and highly-taught books.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Flashlight Readers is an interactive literacy experience that lets readers enter the world of books and communicate with their favorite authors. Each of the highly-taught, popular titles offers community-building learning activities, author chats, and slideshows, all while encouraging essential reading and writing skills.
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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
Author Blue Balliett
Learn more about each activity:
Students can create a character scrapbook, navigate a maze using clues from the book, watch an author video, read early drafts of the book, and more
Students can bring the book to life by creating a comic strip, meet the producer of the movie, see a slideshow of spiders, test their skills on verbs and nouns, and more.
Readers can choose their own adventure and create a story — both based on the book’s plots — browse photos of the author, and listen to audio with her.
Students can rewrite scenes from the book, write a journal entry as if they were Esperanza, and read a Q&A with the author.
Includes a memory match-up activity and treasure hunt that test a student’s knowledge of the book, a Q&A with the author, and more.
The author discusses writing and what inspired him to write Hoot. Plus, students can create a personalized letter about a cause they care about.
Peek into the author’s writing room, take a quiz on the book, write an editorial in a step-by-step workshop, “become” one of the book’s characters, and more.
Students help Hugo grab parts for his automata in a maze, build their own “Mechanical Men,” listen to exclusive audio with the author, and view his sketches.
The author discusses the book, and students can create an Underland creature, help a character make his way through a labyrinth, and more.
The author answers questions and offers advice to young writers. Plus, students can follow clues to unlock a secret message, play pentominoes, and master two art challenges.
While participating in “Flashlight Readers,” students will:
- Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
- Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
- Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
- Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
- Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
- Monitor their own comprehension
- Discuss ideas from the book with you, the author, and/or other students online