My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
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March 15, 2012

"Is this a book theater?" - SOLC #15

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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!"


  1. I love it! What a great idea. I recently read my first Krouse Rosenthal book, Little Miss Planted a Kiss (or something similar to that). My daughters and I absolutely loved it. I am sure they would really enjoy Little Pea as well.

  2. Your title had me guessing. This isn't exactly what my mind was picturing, but I love the phrase "book theater!"

  3. Good thinking! It's so hard for those little first graders to be cooped up inside at recess - especially with the nice weather arriving! Love that J. called it a book theatre. Might have to borrow that phrase! Happy reading!

  4. Clever idea. I'm sure those first graders don't want to sit still even if they are eating. You'll have to check out some other books for your next "book theater".

  5. Love this! Maybe it could become a new ritual in the room, once a week, once a month - and bring on the popcorn! Thanks for sharing.

  6. How lucky those young readers are to have you filling their minds with great literature at every opportunity