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April 25, 2016 Social Media Theme Reading Responses By Rhonda Stewart
Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    This is the time of year when students get spring fever. State assessments have been completed and this sends a signal that the school year is almost over. It is during this time that classroom management and routines can make or break a teacher. If you are noticing that your students are developing amnesia when it comes to your classroom routines, stop and regroup.

    This is a great opportunity to have a class meeting to revisit and tweak your classroom management system. I have also learned that this is also the perfect time to try out some new ideas for delivering curriculum. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel, just change things up a bit to help keep my students focused on the work that lies ahead.

    Recently, I decided to give my students the option to complete their homework either using the standard paper copy of a reading response log, or completing the assignment via Google Classroom. This is extremely new and different for me. I know that there are those of you who are light-years ahead and Google Classroom is last year’s news, but for many of us this is a new phenomenon.

    Using technology in the classroom on a daily basis is a growing movement in my school and I am in constant learning mode to keep abreast. I find that my students are patient with me and help me figure out any glitches that may occur. So thinking in the tech mode, I wanted to address how my students create their reading responses in their notebooks.

    Perusing my professional library, the book 50 Common Core Reading Response Activities by Marilyn Pryle caught my eye. This was not the first time that I used this resource. I used it last year for a Facebook project that went quite well. Looking through the book, I noticed that there was a Twitter activity. This got me thinking that I could close the year still teaching my curriculum, but using a social media theme.

    I do not have daily access to computers in my classroom so the activities that I am pulling from Pryle's book give the student work a unique feel. They are not your typical everyday reading response. Although the activities are paper driven, they are still fun and interesting. In addition to the social media reading responses, my students would still be responsible for their reading reflections in their reader’s notebook. Here's a look at two types of social media themes, Twitter and Facebook, used for reading responses.

     

    Twitter Reading Response Post

    This can be done as a whole class, small group, partner, or individual activity.

    Materials Needed:

    • independent reading book

    • chart paper

    • magic markers

    • sticky notes

    Our current reading unit is fantasy. As we read, we have been paying attention to literary devices and figurative language, as well as analyzing characters and theme. The activity is really simple to implement.

    1. Place chart paper around the room (e.g. front board, easel, door, walls)

     

    2. Model a sample entry so students are able to correctly respond to the topic.

     

    3. Jot notes on a sticky note to record on chart.

    4. Write notes on chart paper. Another option is to just use the sticky notes on the chart paper instead of having the students write directly on the chart paper. I color coded my charts for easier recognition of the topics.

    This could also be used as an exit ticket activity. Students can be held responsible for placing a sticky note on the chart paper. You will be able to quickly assess what is working and not working for your students.

     

    Character Facebook or Fakebook Project

    Materials Needed:

    • poster paper

    • art supplies (crayons, magic markers, colored pencils)

    1. Review Facebook directions.

    2. Preview samples.

    3. Students select a favorite character from a book to create a Facebook page.

    4. Use the Facebook Page Brainstorming Sheet to plan the Facebook page.

    5. Create page.

    Completed Character "Facebook" Page

    Our next steps will be to create Instagram reading responses!

    If you are looking for some creative ways to enhance your student's response to reading, check out Pryle's 50 Common Core Response Activities. I highly recommend it!

     

     Pearls of Wisdom It beginning to look a lot like summer. Think about how you are packing up your classroom for the end of the year. Try to pack in such a way that makes the unpacking at the beginning of year a breeze!

    Do you have any interesting ideas for reading response? Please share! I enjoy hearing ideas that make all of our lives easier.

     

     

    This is the time of year when students get spring fever. State assessments have been completed and this sends a signal that the school year is almost over. It is during this time that classroom management and routines can make or break a teacher. If you are noticing that your students are developing amnesia when it comes to your classroom routines, stop and regroup.

    This is a great opportunity to have a class meeting to revisit and tweak your classroom management system. I have also learned that this is also the perfect time to try out some new ideas for delivering curriculum. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel, just change things up a bit to help keep my students focused on the work that lies ahead.

    Recently, I decided to give my students the option to complete their homework either using the standard paper copy of a reading response log, or completing the assignment via Google Classroom. This is extremely new and different for me. I know that there are those of you who are light-years ahead and Google Classroom is last year’s news, but for many of us this is a new phenomenon.

    Using technology in the classroom on a daily basis is a growing movement in my school and I am in constant learning mode to keep abreast. I find that my students are patient with me and help me figure out any glitches that may occur. So thinking in the tech mode, I wanted to address how my students create their reading responses in their notebooks.

    Perusing my professional library, the book 50 Common Core Reading Response Activities by Marilyn Pryle caught my eye. This was not the first time that I used this resource. I used it last year for a Facebook project that went quite well. Looking through the book, I noticed that there was a Twitter activity. This got me thinking that I could close the year still teaching my curriculum, but using a social media theme.

    I do not have daily access to computers in my classroom so the activities that I am pulling from Pryle's book give the student work a unique feel. They are not your typical everyday reading response. Although the activities are paper driven, they are still fun and interesting. In addition to the social media reading responses, my students would still be responsible for their reading reflections in their reader’s notebook. Here's a look at two types of social media themes, Twitter and Facebook, used for reading responses.

     

    Twitter Reading Response Post

    This can be done as a whole class, small group, partner, or individual activity.

    Materials Needed:

    • independent reading book

    • chart paper

    • magic markers

    • sticky notes

    Our current reading unit is fantasy. As we read, we have been paying attention to literary devices and figurative language, as well as analyzing characters and theme. The activity is really simple to implement.

    1. Place chart paper around the room (e.g. front board, easel, door, walls)

     

    2. Model a sample entry so students are able to correctly respond to the topic.

     

    3. Jot notes on a sticky note to record on chart.

    4. Write notes on chart paper. Another option is to just use the sticky notes on the chart paper instead of having the students write directly on the chart paper. I color coded my charts for easier recognition of the topics.

    This could also be used as an exit ticket activity. Students can be held responsible for placing a sticky note on the chart paper. You will be able to quickly assess what is working and not working for your students.

     

    Character Facebook or Fakebook Project

    Materials Needed:

    • poster paper

    • art supplies (crayons, magic markers, colored pencils)

    1. Review Facebook directions.

    2. Preview samples.

    3. Students select a favorite character from a book to create a Facebook page.

    4. Use the Facebook Page Brainstorming Sheet to plan the Facebook page.

    5. Create page.

    Completed Character "Facebook" Page

    Our next steps will be to create Instagram reading responses!

    If you are looking for some creative ways to enhance your student's response to reading, check out Pryle's 50 Common Core Response Activities. I highly recommend it!

     

     Pearls of Wisdom It beginning to look a lot like summer. Think about how you are packing up your classroom for the end of the year. Try to pack in such a way that makes the unpacking at the beginning of year a breeze!

    Do you have any interesting ideas for reading response? Please share! I enjoy hearing ideas that make all of our lives easier.

     

     

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