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Friday, November 7, 2014

Responding to Reading with ICCA Books

DC Elementary students in grades 3 - 5 have been listening to read alouds from the Iowa Children's Choice Award list: The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts, Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow, and Mathlete vs. Athlete by W.C. Mack.


During each cycle, students have different activities related to various reading strategies on which they focus. Recently, students had large pieces of paper at their tables and were asked to draw on it what they had visualized during the read aloud.

Another activity focused on making connections, and rather than return to a paper-pencil activity, students instead participated in a live back channel conversation using TodaysMeet.

Students were to make at least two connections to the read aloud, then comment using TodaysMeet. Each class had their own room in which to "meet" and comment, and using QR codes, they could easily access the site, join using a nickname, and begin commenting.

A partial transcript from one of the classes's conversation appears below:

Stay tuned! More response activities are coming up as we continue to work our way through the read alouds!

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