Monday, December 21, 2015

#HolidayHotReads Questions

It's time to get started!  Here are all of the questions for #HolidayHotReads 2015!
Use yours or your guardian's choice of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blog Responses, etc.).  Be sure to tag your post with #HolidayHotReads to stay connected!  Happy reading! 

#HolidayHotReads Questions: 2015

December 21:  What are you reading over the break?  Why did you choose this?

December 22:  What’s the setting of your book?  Share a picture of what you think it might look like and why!

December 23: Share a connection you have with the story or main character.  What does it remind you of from your own life?

December 24: What inference can you make about what the author might have been thinking or feeling as he/she developed this story or main character?

December 25:  Identity Swap! Put yourself in the main character's shoes.  What might they post to their social media account today?  Be sure to give them their own username/handle!

December 26: Describe an important event in the book and show your reaction to it using a gif/meme.

December 27:  What lesson do you think the character(s) are learning?  Share a quote from the story that reflects this lesson!

December 28: We’re about half way through Winter break!  It's time for a progress post!   How far have you read?  Share a fraction, percentage, book mark picture, etc. to share how much you've read!

December 29:  Which character in your book reminds you of someone from RAPS or a teacher from your school? What similarities do this character and this person share?

December 30: What “aha moments” have you or your main character experienced?  What do you understand better now that you are farther along in your book?

December 31:  Share a summary of your favorite part so far using emojii’s and 20 words or less!

January 1: Happy New Year! What New Year’s resolutions might a character from your book make?

January 2: If you could rewrite a section of the story, what would it be and why?

January 3:  What will you read next?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 5 Meeting

What a great year at RAPS!

 To close out our 5th and 6th grade group,we first explored characters' perspectives of events through social media character posts in Wonder and Auggie and Me. Then, after a delicious treat (donated by Fido's), we explored ways that we can "Choose Kind" in our community. Students explored organizations to help the environment, homelessness, diabetes prevention, abandoned animals, and recent victims of the attacks in Paris. We then created actions plans and presentations about ways to support these needs in our world.

 For our last meeting with the seventh and eighth graders, we wrote and illustrated scar stories. It was so interesting to hear the story behind each of our scars! After sharing with our tablemates, the whole group watched a variety of video clips to inspire our thoughts about cinematography for our multimedia story. We thought about how music and songs can help tell stories in different ways. Next, the kids filled out a sheet to help define characteristics for the role they will be playing in the multimedia story. The seventh and eighth graders thought about character details like birthday, likes and dislikes, super power, secrets, and even theme song! After this, the writing team met to further develop the multimedia story and the story development team met to continue working on our Animoto projects about our new books.

At the end of RAPS, the students all received a gift bag with new books to read over the winter holiday break. Thanks for joining us this year. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to participate in #HolidayHotReads! Follow @vandyREADS on Twitter and check the RAPS blog to see the reading question of the day. Share your response on your choice of social media! (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blog Posts, etc.). Be sure to tag your post with #HolidayHotReads to stay connected and hear about the exciting books people are reading!

 Happy Holidays, and we will see you in 2016!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

November 14 Meeting

We had a great time at RAPS this Saturday! We started the day by drawing comic strips about our different scar stories. Some of us have been very daring and have great stories to tell. We started a new book, Auggie and Me, which is written from the perspectives of the minor characters in Wonder. A few of us read Wonder with RAPS last year, and others have read it through school.
We also had VSVS (Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science) come and share some neat science with us! Because we finished Holes at our last session, we learned about water filtration and even made our own systems. We were given 4 different things to filter our “dirty” water through. Many found that charcoal was the best filter, while others found sand to be the best. All around, we enjoyed getting to be hands on with learning about something we drink everyday--water!

We finished up the day with drawing our own Wonder silhouettes. We had to be creative as we thought about different things to cut out of magazines to glue around our heads that described us. We will continue this project next time! It’s our last week of the semester, so we hope to see everyone there!