I have been BURSTING with excitement to share with all of you what we are now doing in room 219! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a preview of this! Many of you have been requesting more, and after trying it out and finding success in my classroom, I am finally here to share it with you!
Literature circles have ALWAYS been one of my favorite things to do. The students love being given a book and told to take charge of their learning in their group. So how do we make it even more engaging and keep up with the times? We teach our blogging skills to our students!
I decided to take literature circles to the next level by having my students create their own blogs! Let me tell you, it has been a HUGE hit! I have students who haven’t consistently done homework all year and spend most class time distracted, who are now engaged, enthusiastic about learning, and producing quality work! It certainly makes a teacher heart happy. <3
You may be asking, why choose technology-centered lit circles? Here’s a little note from my product about that:
Are you convinced? Let me share a little more about what we did.
I chose to use Kidblog as our blogging platform. I love that it offers the teacher complete control over what is being posted, has many security features, and is completely private (only students in the class can view, and parents if you give them an access code.) I love that it is easy to use for the students, they get to choose from fun themes, and it puts all of the blogs in your class in a “live blog feed” right on the homepage when they log in. And best of all, it’s FREE! 🙂
After creating a classroom blog, I added each of my students to our class.
Next, I assigned students literature circle groups based on their reading levels, and chose a book for each group. My fourth grade groups are reading the following books:
- Tuck Everlasting
- Among the Hidden
- James and the Giant Peach
- The One and Only Ivan
- The Chocolate Touch