Teacher Review For Bookopolis

Book Reviews Catch Multiple Writing Skills

Erin S.
Media specialist/librarian
Sherman Elementary School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Students at first really enjoyed writing book reviews. They had the incentive of earning free books to keep. We practiced our persuasive writing skills and then I allowed students to send their reviews and suggestions to other students in the class. Students were most engaged by the ability to change their avatar (which turned into a time-suck) and ability to send recommendations.
My Take
I like that students were able to practice their social networking skills in a safe environment. Not all of our students are readers or typists and these skills are important as they get older. However, unless I had the incentive of the book raffle, I'm afraid not all students would be engaged.