Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halloween Themed Book Review

Don't you love October? I've been trying to find ways to integrate some Halloween fun into our learning. We have been writing weekly book reviews on our Independent Reading Books. We started the year just giving oral "commercials" on books we loved. Then we started doing some shared writing where we would write reviews of read aloud books together. Finally, they started writing them independently. The scaffold approach at its best! This was their third independent attempt at a review and by far their finest! I was so encouraged to see their improvements! To tap into their excitement over this time of the year, I created the book form: " I've Gone Batty Over This Book". They rated their book, wrote the review and then they created a bat to go with it. Here are some pictures of the final results.
I was hoping I wasn't going to get 26 copycat bats, no need to worry! Kids have a way of making theirs unique!

This was a good Friday activity! Sometimes I think I just need to slow things up and give kids a chance to relax! They thoroughly enjoyed making these bats and produced some top quality writing work!

Here is the form I used. I hope someone gives it a try! Enjoy this season with your kids!(:

Batty Over Books


Shelia said...

Thanks! This will be perfect for my class!

Mrs. Corbitt said...

I L-O-V-E love this idea! It is a super cute way to change up book recommendations. I can't wait to use it with my students as well as share with my colleagues. Thanks again so much for sharing!!!

Doris Young said...

Yay! I'm glad you are going to try it! I think you'll have fun reading their thoughts and watching them create!

Debra said...

We are starting a unit on bats next week as we read Stellaluna and The Great Ball Game, so I will definitely use this during Writing! Quick question...where did you find your bat pattern? Always looking for a new one to add to my file!!

Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

cute! Thank you for sharing! It'll go great during my BAT week!!!

melissa said...

love this!

Melbaq said...

Thank You for sharing! I love it!

Hollie said...

I love this and can't wait to do this with my kiddos!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Julie said...

Never mind to the above comment! Ha! Where did you get your bat pattern?
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

Maria said...

Love this idea! I'm a new follower... thanks for sharing! love your blog!


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