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Using Books to Enliven Reading – Gail Lovely


Gail is opening the session with the Issac’s Storm video (great storm in 1900 in Galveston) to accompany book read by elementary students. The movie was created in PhotoStory3. She’s comparing the Issac visual representation to Ike’s storm effects via (love this program, but it’s blocked in my district). Same music even, but much more “modern” looking.

Primary resources to go with Around the Great Hornspoon:

Moving on to The Quiltmaker’s Journey:

  • – math end of quilts
  • drawing a grid with math tie-in –
  • other lessons in book:
    • kindness, generosity (make posters, make PSAs
  • Moments in Time – Wisconsin Public Television
  • Jan Brett’s website – Town Mouse Country Mask – checkout website for masks, finger puppets, videos on how to draw characters
  • Lemony Snickett’s website: Checkout the videos. Great samples for filmmaking.
  • The Arrival – Showcasing my friend Monica Edinger’s classroom project and author visit.
  • StoryNory – audio versions of books with historical tie-ins (e.g., Cinderella stories)
  • Moments in Time – Wisconsin Public Television
  • Digital Media Overdrive – Audio files of hundreds of books!
  • LibriVox – Audio books to download (public domain)
  • State of Florida – huge repository of books by reading level/grade level
  • Bookhive – storytelling as an entry point – great way to engage students and to model inflection and fluency.
  • Book Pals Storyline – Check out Lou Diamond-Phillips reading Polar Express and their Readers Theater
  • Read Write Think – Simply the best for literature-based activities and book list
  • Google Book search – In some cases you can embed the stories into a blog or wiki
  • – Free and you can invite collaborators – Similar to for mindmaps. Being a long-term fan of Inspiration, I’m loving having the free version, which allows you to upload any mindmaps you’ve created in the full-blown program.

Great session. I’ll try to get to her afternoon session.

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