Monday, May 13, 2019

Reading Center: Library Centers Deep Dive Part 5/10

When incorporating centers into the school library the simple joy of relaxing and reading can be overlooked for the fancier, more glamorous center choices.

I like using the Reading Center to bridge the gap many see between technology and books. One favorite activity of mine and the students was having them read (or listen to) the book, “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers”. Once students finished reading the book, they were then able to use the virtual reality app, The Walk, to assume the role of Philippe Petit as he walked between the towers. The fun wrap up to this lesson is to show the kids the trailer to the movie made about Philippe Petit and his infamous walk.

Another big purpose behind the Reading Center is to introduce students to our ebook services. Working with a small group of 3 to 4 students to set up their ebook accounts and get them started enjoying the book selections is, for me, so much more manageable that a whole group lesson.

Finally, give students time to choose their own reading activity. Whether it is reading books, magazines, ebooks, etc., this center can help build a love of reading for pleasure.

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