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I am the lucky teacher to host First Grade Reading Club in my room during lunchtime twice a week. While the six students eat their lunch, I read aloud a book or two and engage them in conversation. Then we then work on readers' theater scripts, word work, fluency phrases and/or writing & drawing about a story we read. I try to keep their minds engaged with lots of different activities because -- let's face it -- first graders have teeny, tiny attention spans. Especially when they should be out at recess!
During one club meeting, a student asked if I could play them a video on my computer. He wanted to hear some music while he ate.
I remembered the link to TumbleBooks on our public library's website. "How about I show you a really great book?" I asked
I set my laptop on top of my stacked rolling carts. We agreed on Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (I LOVE this book!). I turned on my desk lamp for a bit of background light, pressed play on the TumbleBook and shut off the room lights.
"Ooooooohhhhhhh!" said the first graders.
"Is this a book theater?" exclaimed J. "All we're missing is the popcorn!"