Friday, March 20, 2015

"My Father's Dragon" Book Club 2015

Here is a schedule for the second year of "My Father's Dragon" Twitter book club! This year we are starting a little early so that we will have enough time to read all three books in My Father's Dragon series.

Book 1 "My Father's Dragon" starts on Wednesday, March 25. Read a chapter a day.
Book 2 "Elmer and the Dragon" starts on Monday, April 13. Read a chapter a day.
Book 3 "The Dragons of Blueland" starts on Wednesday, April 29. Read a chapter a day.

You do not have to read all three.  If you are new to this event and want to try just one book, that is perfectly fine. After reading each chapter, students or your class will tweet thoughts and learning at #1bc15.

Here are some examples of learning that were shared last year during the book club and last year's book club blog post.

  • prediction
  • visualization 
  • math connections
  • text-to-self connections
  • vocabulary words
  • favorite part of the story
Thanks to Mike Ross (@1stGradeRoss) for sharing some teaching resources on the first book.
This is a picture slide show that Shawn Reed (@swkreed) created. It has a lot of great visual images to go along with the first book.

Also here is a vocabulary bulletin board. Please add the words that you will focus while reading each chapter!

If you would like to join the book club, please click HERE to register!

Here are the classes that have signed up so far!

View My Father's Dragon Book Club in a full screen map

Using Kahoot! to Collect Data

Teachers that I meet through Twitter PLN #1stchat continue to inspire me to try something new in my classroom. A few weeks ago a group of first grade teachers connected their classes via Google Hangout and played Kahoot! together! I believe 7 classes were all on the hangout together. Good for them!
So... one of the most amazing #1stchat teachers, Michelle Flicek (@mrflicek1)and I cooked up some plans. We wanted to make this learning experience as student-centered and interactive as possible. Each class wrote three survey questions with four answer choices ahead of time. Michelle created a Kahoot for us. Right before we connected via Google Hangout, she shared the game pin with us so that my class can join the Kahoot.  During the Hangout, Michelle shared her computer screen with us so that we could see the question and answer choices.
After voting for each question, the results appear in a bar graph format. The students studied the graph for a while and came up a couple of questions to ask about the data. The examples of questions were "Which one had most/fewest votes?" "How many more ____ than ____?" "How many votes in all?" The students did a great job listening and answering the questions.

The activity was very engaging! The students were anxious to see the results. Some even cheered when their choice had the most votes:) I loved it since this was such an authentic way to practice data collecting and interpreting data!