In case you have not seen this already, PJS has a student book review blog. So far, all of the book reviews have been written using a fiction book review template or a nonfiction book review template. While these standard reviews are wonderful ways of learning about books, there are additional ways to generate interest in a book and inspire reading. In the New Books to Check Out section of this website, you will find examples of book trailers- short videos that use images, text, audio and video to give readers a preview of a book. Think of it as a twist on movie previews that you see in theaters and online.
Another fun way for students to share what they are reading and inspire other kids to give new books a try is to create a short picture video using the iPad app, ChatterPix Kids. This is a free download from the iPad app store.
Students looked at the following example based on the book, Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty, and they decided that they would like to give ChatterPix Kids a try.
Together, 3rd graders created a list of steps that they will follow as they create their own ChatterPix Book Talk. The goal of the Book Talk is to introduce the book from the point of view of the character that you have chosen.
1. Choose a book with a character that you really like.
2. Find a picture in the book that you would like to use for your video. Since you will be drawing a mouth, try to choose a picture in which the character is facing forward as it will look more realistic. Or, If you prefer, draw a picture of your character.
4. Using the iPad app, take a picture of your character.
5. Follow the prompt to use your finger to draw a line for the mouth.
6. Get ready to record. You will only have 30 seconds to record your audio so plan ahead. You may want to write some notes or even write a short script to follow. Be sure to remember the following: