3 brilliant teacher lifehacks with Browzly- reading that’s fun for students and easy for teachers to track

With Browzly reading becomes fun for students and easy for teachers to track:
Here are 3 brilliant teacher lifehacks that are made possible with Browzly!
1. If you’ve been wondering how to best communicate with your parents, students, and teachers, here’s your solution! Teachers can create and push customized social posts to their desired class students, parents and teachers with a simple web login. Send pdf files, images or videos of activities, homework, competitions practically anything you wish, you may also use Browzly as your school communicator! this is how it appears on your target group’s app-
School Posts as seen by your users on Browzly
2. Reduce your workload, with Browzly, parents get committed to their child’s daily reading and tracking with the app is easy peasy. If you’ve been wondering how to get your students to read 20 minutes every day, here is your solution! Ask your students to post on Browzly every day after they read, optional reviews – video and text may get them extra house points, then sit back and relax scrolling as your app notifies you when your students post absolutely adorable reviews or log in to your school portal in your own time and see the activity of your entire class drilled down by student.
3. Be the favorite: Run super simple fun activities on selected days to build not just reading fluency and comprehension but build enterprise, teamwork, presentation, negotiation and much more!

Browzly set up takes less than 2 hours of your time! Write to us on support@browzly.com and we will set up for you a free 35-minute webinar that you can attend from the convenience of your desks and get to know all about the latest innovation in reading that’s revolutionizing the way children read!
Blog post by Bhavna Mishra

5 fun & easy class activities to celebrate the National Month of Reading: Browzly Class Activities

The month of March is celebrated as the National Month of Reading in the honour of Dr. Seuss’ birthday! If you are looking for some easy activities to make reading more fun in your classroom, look no further, just read on and select the activities that work for you!

Please write to support@browzly.com if you would like a free and easy setup for your class or if you have any questions about how to use it? Reading will be so much more fun when you do it with Browzly!

  1. The Book Market

This fun activity will help children develop: Comprehension, Enterprise skills, Presentation, Negotiation, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, and Creativity

The Activity
Every child brings a book from home to trade in class and has to present for a minute, talking about why everyone should read their book? Once done presenting, children should add their books to swap shop on Browzly – they can do this by scanning the ISBN code at the back of their book using the Browzly app. Children can then request to swap the books they liked from each other on the app and also accept requests made on their books by their classmates. Once requests are accepted, they can chat on the app and exchange the books right there in class!

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

Announce the winning trader- the child whose book got the most number of requests and the one who made the best pitch!

Teacher Tips 

Teachers may help record book marketing videos to upload as video reviews on  Browzly so other teacher, students, and parents can watch, like and comment to encourage the students. Children can also make posters and bookmarks marketing their books to display in the class.

Have fun while you learn!

Get to be a book trader, Market your book, Discover new titles, Ask questions
Develop: Entrepreneurship, Negotiation, Presentation, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Expression, Creativity

2. Reading Tag! Who Makes The Longest Chain?

This fun activity will help children develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Writing and expression.

The Activity
One member of the class kicks off the chain by writing a text or adding a video book review for a book of their choice on the Browzly app. Then they tag a friend from their class by @mentioning their name in the comments of their community post. The tagged friend get notified about their turn and then he or she has to add the next review of any book of their choice and tag another child to continue the class chain till the end of allotted time (a full week is recommended)

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

At the end of the week, the class with the longest chain wins a Free Dress Day or a special treat!

Teacher Tips

Sign in yourself and your students on Browzly, you can do this easily by just scanning your class QR code or through for login credentials shared with you. Start by adding a review yourself, then tag any  one child from your class to start the chain

Have fun while you learn!

Help & motivate your class to win, Read with friends, Appreciate their views
Discover new books, Learn how to review a book?
Develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Expression & Writing

3. It’s Chapter Book Time

This fun activity will help children develop: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Confidence, Critical Analysis, Writing and expression.

The Activity
After a chapter of the class reader is read, children reflect on it by writing a text review on the Browzly app. Every time a new chapter is completed they just to go to their review for the same book on their Browzly app profile, press edit and add further comments about the next chapter they just finished in class, to have a comprehensive comment by the end of the book that can be read aloud in the class.

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

Great pieces of children’s reflections are digitally recorded for the whole school community to enjoy and appreciate through the app or by reading aloud in class.

Teacher Tips

Seed questions for students to answer through school posts section in the school portal, then comment or chat encouraging improvisations, class group discussion including different points of view

Have fun while you learn!

Enjoy writing and reading detailed reviews and get amazing comments from teachers, friends, and parents
Develop: Comprehension, Deep Understanding, Confidence, Critical Analysis,  Expression, Writing, Group Discussion

4. Class Pinboard

This fun activity will help children develop: Planning, Creativity, Performance and target tracking

The Activity
Create a Readers Pin Board for your class.
Print and display your class reader profiles from Browzly on it
Mark star readers or stick star reviews of the week. Keep a tally of total books marked by the class as a whole
Stick favorite quotes from the books read this week

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

 

The Reward

Appreciation, bragging rights & house points

Teacher Tips

Ask students to update tally marks as they read. Create a whole school board in  the school reception and mark term and year reading champions

Have fun while you learn!

Get Inspired, Track Progress
Develop: Planning, Organisation, Creativity, Teamwork, Performance and Target tracking

5. Reading Pledge

This activity will help children develop: Planning, Organisation
Commitment, Love of reading

The Activity
Everyone calls a number of books they would target reading in the term, then research and select titles to read corresponding to their target.
Add the selected titles to the wishlist on Browzly app and track your class pinboard as well. Help each other find books on the wishlist through swap shop or and share the list with the library to procure.

Click here to download a printable pdf of this activity

The Reward

A class trip for the class that gets closest to their target as a team, prizes for 100% achievement

Teacher Tips 

Use recommendations from Browzly, teachers and your friends to discover books to put on your wishlist. Small or big set a target- even one from zero is progress

Have fun while you learn!

Get Inspired, get Reading, Track Progress
Develop: Planning, Organisation, Commitment, Love of reading

We hope you enjoy these activities in class. If you run one of these in your class please do share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @browzly

Happy Reading and Happy Browzly!

Blog by Bhavna Mishra

I Spy Seven: A fun way to compose a poem when you are ridiculously bored. Try it!

This one afternoon, I was thoroughly bored and unknowingly started creating a poem in my head.  There is a term called ‘serendipity’- which means a chance discovery or a happy accident, for I had no idea what was going to come out, but it led to the invention of a  random method for anyone to compose a poem, anywhere! Try it out and share what stroke of random creativity hit your grey cells?

So, this activity is highly recommended when you are very bored and screens are out of bounds! If it is a holiday and you are sitting at home, then try this out on your own, if you are at school (and in this case, we hope it is not a case of boredom but you do this as a class activity), try this out in groups of 2 to 3 with your classmates . Try venturing somewhere outdoors  – to the garden, to the zoo, to the balcony, to the supermarket, with just a paper, a pencil and your head. If you cannot go to an outdoor place, open any chapter of a book you recently read.

I have created some class resources to download and print, they are available at the bottom of this post. If you like this activity, please be good to let us know and share via our twitter handle @browzly – this activity is about using observation, creativity, vocabulary, and grammar to compose a poem. Here is how our poem turned out! 🙂

Big Beckoning Bed
Cracked Creaking Cupboard
Dutiful Demanding Desk
Narcissistic Napping Newspaper  
Languid Leaning Lamp
Tiny Talking TV                                                                                                                

The Bedroom 

What is I spy Seven?

I Spy Seven is a simple Seven line poem consisting of two adjectives and a noun, inspired by your surroundings or a book you recently read.

I Spy Seven Example                                      

What do you need?

Paper and pencil

If you are with some friends, you can split into groups of 2 or 3 otherwise try on your own.

How do you start? Choose the book you wish to get inspiration from or select your own special place- your classroom, the field, the nursery, it can be anywhere. Ask your teacher or a parent and head there, agree to meet back in 20 minutes.

What do you do?

  1. Make 3 columns on your paper-

One for nouns (all the things, the objects, the people, that you see around you or find in your book) eg- Grass, Cage, Book, Desk, Teacher, Drums, Water etc

Second for adjectives ( words that help you picture, explain, give more details about your nouns) eg- Big, Pretty, Grumpy, Funny, Angry, Wavy

Third for adjectives ending in ‘ing’ eg-  Boring, Glittering, Shining, Moving, Rippling, Weeping

2. Start writing the nouns first- list all and as many as you can see around you or in your book

3. List the adjectives in column 2, any adjectives ending with ‘ing’ go in column 3 – come up with as many adjectives as you can, that help to picture your nouns better.

4. Pick a Noun from your list, eg- Grass

5. Next, pick one ‘ing’ and one ‘non-ing’ adjective at random from your list, making sure that both these adjectives start with the same alphabet as your noun. Eg- Grumpy and Glittering start with G as does Grass. If you need more words starting with some alphabets, think harder and add to your list.

6. Now you are ready to write the first line of your poem- write the non-ing adjective as your first word, next, add the adjective ending with ‘ing’ and lastly add your Noun at the end of the line eg- Grumpy Glittering Grass

7. Once happy with your first line, you can pick the words for your second line, just make sure you do not repeat the same first alphabet, in our case, for example, your second set of words should not begin with G.

8. Repeat till you have written 6 lines, in the 7th line write the name of your place or surrounding or the book title at the bottom. eg- The Field

Make a neat copy of your poem on a fresh page and feel free to add in a drawing of what you wrote about.

Click on the link below to download and print, free to use the I Spy Seven resources for your class activity. It’s free! The download pack includes Instructions sheets, Randomizer and Poem sheets

I Spy Seven By Browzly

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @Browzly and share with us what you create.

Written by Bhavna Mishra: Founder of Browzly

 

How to write a book review ? A simple 6-step guide for children

How to write a book review? A simple 6-step guide for children

Isn’t keeping it fun and simple – the key to most things?

This 6-step- easy to follow guide is intended to do just that, to help inspire you to pen down (or on Browzly even video record!) a book review! You can use these steps to review any book you read.

  1. When to write a book review? A review of any book is best written when you have just finished reading that book- the plot is fresh in your mind and you remember most of it. A little nudge from the parents at this time will go a long way in getting the children started.
  1. A good start is half the battle, it will have your creative juices flowing in no time

To start off – pick a favorite quote or line from your book and write that verbatim, mentioning that it is a line or quote from your book (mention the book title and page number). Feel free to include a few words about why you chose that quote in particular…

Don’t worry, if you did not like the book  – after all, it is a review and you are supposed to give a genuine feedback, mention what you did not like and set the tone of your review –  here is an example-

“I should begin at the beginning, I know that. But the trouble is that I don’t know the beginning. I wish I did. I do know my name” – Would you call that interesting?  Well, you might, but for me, it did not catch my attention as I started reading these first lines on Page 1 of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo. I usually like his books, he is an award-winning author with many great books such as  Shadow, The War Horse etc to his credit…”.

  1. Next Answer the following 3 questions taking no more than 50 words to answer each:

Q1.  What was your book about?

For example- You could say- “This book is about a boy who lived and became the one to…”

Q2. What was your favorite part or character from this book and why?

If you did not have one, it is alright to mention that too. Again a why would be a nice follow-up.

Q3. How did this book make you feel? Describe the emotions you felt. Did they match with how the characters in the book feel?

  1. Finally, say who might like reading this book– For example “I recommend this book for- mention age, gender, and type of readers”
  2. A star rating: Give your book a rating out of 5 stars, here is a simple star guide for you.

5 stars= I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down until the end and I can read it again!

4 stars= This was a great book, I enjoyed it and can recommend it as a one-time read.

3 stars= This is a good book, some people may like it, I finished reading it.

2 stars= I did not like this book much, I finished it with some effort.

1 star= I did not like this book, I could not finish it.

  1. Now for the finishing touch: Finally, read what you wrote to make your final edits- check for SPAG (spellings, punctuation, and grammar) and summarize with a title that goes with your review!

Voila! You did it! Post it on the Browzly app, you can help your friends select good books when you share your reviews. Reviews are also a great encouragement for the writers who painstakingly create these books that enlighten us, delight us and engage us.

Happy Browzly

 

Browzly and his Adventures on Earth

Read the wonderful heart touching story of Browzly below and find out about the mission of Browzly

 

 

Does Reading A Book Exercise Your Mind?

Does Reading A Book Exercise Your Mind? – Blog by Naz Ahmed

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Reading is the ultimate workout for the brain.

Learning new things stimulates your mind. Intelligence depends on one’s ability to learn

• Reading expands your vocabulary
• Reading improves your communication skills
• Reading develops your analytical skills
• Reading boosts your memory
• Reading makes it easier for you to focus

Here we talk about four reasons why you should read more:

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