-Practice fluency by having children read along
-Alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, etc.,
-Great for making inferences and using pictures to support comprehension
*include discussion questions and extension activities
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Please don’t confuse me with the adult fiction author Monica Burns (she’s in the iBookstore too – but I’ve never met her!)
One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking.
I use iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books can be downloaded for free. If my students are going to be reading in a book club with hard copies of a text, I’ll purchase a copy on iBooks so I can prepare a reading guide for them. Here’s how:
- As I’m reading I’ll highlight a piece of text and add a note. This note will be a comprehension question I think that students should be able to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
- I can access all of these notes (comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book I stopped to record them.
- All of these notes (comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
- I will give this list to students at the beginning of a book club with the expectation that this will guide their reading responses and group discussions.
Highlight any word and you’ll have the option to add a note.
Press the “Share” button to email your notes.
All of your comprehension questions will be organized by chapter.
Check out my book club guide for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
A fantastic alternative to YouTube is Vimeo. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s website isn’t block by Websense on most networks and its HD quality videos look beautiful on all screens, including the iPad. In addition to its search function, the Vimeo iPad app allows users to shoot, edit and upload their own videos.
I’ve used HD videos from Vimeo when creating interactive textbooks for the iPad. This time lapse video of the Canadian Rockies is a great example of the quality of clips available on the site.
Here’s a Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Check out this Common Core lesson plan on using interactive textbooks in your classroom!
*This website isn’t censored so make sure you search and preview before sharing with students