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!
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- The Book Market
This fun activity will help children develop: Comprehension, Enterprise skills, Presentation, Negotiation, Teamwork, Confidence, Critical Analysis, and Creativity
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!
Announce the winning trader- the child whose book got the most number of requests and the one who made the best pitch!
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.
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)
At the end of the week, the class with the longest chain wins a Free Dress Day or a special treat!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Appreciation, bragging rights & house points
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
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.
A class trip for the class that gets closest to their target as a team, prizes for 100% achievement
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
How to write a book review? 5 simple tips for students to write great book reviews
These 5 tips to write a great book review are created to inspire young readers to write useful book reviews that help their friends select the books they will enjoy the most. These steps can be used to review any book you read. On Browzly, you can add both text and video reviews and create a timewline record of all the books you’ve read as well as all the reviews you ever wrote
- A Great Start :
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 or teachers at this time will go a long way in getting the children started. 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 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…”.
2. Answer these questions- you may answer all or some of them
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 caught your attention, that you selected this book to read- was it the cover, the author, the blurb, a recommendation or a prize that this book has won- talk about what got you to select this book in the first place?
Q3. Was there a notable part or character Did you connect with a character, did someone disgust you or make you laugh or cry?
Q3. How did this book make you feel? Describe the emotions you felt. Did they match with how the characters in the book feel?
Q4 Did you learn anything new? If you are reviewing a non-fiction book, you may have gathered interesting facts that others might enjoy too, you can talk about them. In case your book is fiction- you may have learned about a new place or time in history or noticed how different characters might behave in different situations, you may have also added new words to your vocabulary, that you would love to remember.
3. Say who might like reading this book– For example “I recommend this book for- mention age, gender, and type of readers” this would help readers select the book that’s right for them
Review your review: 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!
4. 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.
Reviews help everyone in making the right reading choices. You can post your reviews on the Browzly app, this will help you create a timeline record of all the books you read and what you thought about them at the time. As we grow older, we may not remember everything we learned or felt, this is a great way to preserve our thoughts and feelings. You can also help your friends select the right books when you share your reviews. Reviews are also a great encouragement for the writers who painstakingly create these books for us to enjoy!
If you have any ideas to add to these tips please, write them in comments and we may add them to this list. If you write any reviews using these tips, we would love to see them!
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