Book Week so far

Think for yourself, Defy convention, Read ... a banned book

The week so far has been going well and a lot of fun. The caption for the display came from one that a library in the US used during Banned Books Week. The display on banned books has caused quite a bit of discussion amongst the students. It is interesting to listen to their comments about the books that have been challenged, or banned, and the reasons given for the bans. 

The students who have been participating also seem to be enjoying themselves whilst taking part in the activities. The Glogster activity on the first day was quieter, whether it was because they knew very little about it, or the fact that it was the beginning of the week I don’t know as yet.

The “draw your own, environmentally friendly vehicle” activity yesterday provided a lot of laughs. The drawings may not win art prizes but they were certainly inventive and the explanations were priceless.

Today was the wordle competition and, because each wordle had been constructed from a book description entered into our catalogue, it was an added reminder about keyword searching and using the catalogue. They found that they could find the answers quite easily, if they chose the right keyword to search. After guessing the answers, and being sure they were right, they went on line and found that sometimes they were not! We did not know how long this would take but the boys used most of lunchtime to work out the Wordles, so we will have to have them create their own another time.

Tomorrow is the “construct a paper plane” activity. Many students have already expressed interest in this activity. We will have a “Fly off” at the end and measure the distance each travels. What has this to do with book week? Well if the them is fuel your mind, then we are loking for inventiveness, design and construction technique, and again, some fun.

The staff comments about the staff quiz were funny but the finished quiz sheets are starting to come in. So all in all, an enjoyable week has been had by all.

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2 Responses

  1. Your activities sound like a lot of fun, and very engaging. You can check out what my school did at http://teachingchallenges.blogspot.com/2008/08/book-week-cbca-awards.html

  2. Looks like a lot of fun. Our K-2 kids had fun reading books and doing related activities too. You can check out what my group did at my blogspot.

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