First Grade Book Reviews: The Duckling Gets a Cookie

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Check out this video from Mandi Presley’s first-grade classroom at Duncan Elementary School.

Students were working on the performance task for the English Language Arts unit on Curiosity. During the unit, they read many books and practiced the skills of summarizing, giving our opinions supported by reasons, and using questions to hook readers.

The students were able to choose how they presented their book review. Because they had watched a few Reading Rainbow examples to get them acquainted with the concept of a book review, they decided they wanted to make one just like those examples on video.

Students were trained to serve as videographers, photographers (to capture images of the books), directors, Teleprompter assistants and volume control. Each time a new student was ready to take on a new position, the current student trained the next. They did amazing and took their jobs very seriously!

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