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Mrs. L. from Lake Grove NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Read Alouds Come to Life

My students need the movie version of many of the wonderful read alouds done in class to critique the book vs the movie, and to discuss how words make us visualize what we expect to see.

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My Students

My fourth graders are a diverse group of students. I have several special education students, as well as general education students. Some are working below grade level, some are working on grade level, and some are above grade level learners. No matter what level they are, they should all feel confident and excited and important every day.

My classroom is a place that is welcoming, where my students' imaginations grow wild and they are encouraged to reach their fullest potential on a daily basis.

As students enter my classroom, I want them to feel that they are in a fun, safe place to learn and to be able to take risks and feel empowered.

My Project

My students love read aloud time in my class whether it be a humorous book that makes them laugh out loud or a serious book that tugs at their heart strings.

I love sharing how a book creates a whole different story making the listener an active participant in creating the scenes and what the character looks like versus going to a movie and just being a passive participant in the story watching what someone else visualized.

We read Witches at the beginning of the year and compare and contrast in writing the book ending to the movie version, what we thought the grand high witch would look like, as well as discuss the internal dialogue that we miss when we view a movie and how knowing that can change our viewing experiences.

We read Because of Winn Dixie and Wonder to supplement our character education curriculum focusing on building and learning about empathy. Some of the other movies are connected to writing in our classroom such as the movie Elf which connects to our persuasive writing in December. We read the picture book Jumanji and sketch what we visualized and compare that to scenes in the movie. The Night at the Museum collection is saved for June when we actually take a field trip to the Museum of Natural History. The students then have to go on a scavenger hunt for some of the exhibits from the movie. The Liberty Kids collection and Johnny Tremain help to bring our unit on the American Revolution to life. These movies help students to think critically about what they see and hear and also create lasting connections for them. Watching a movie after reading the book opens up great discussions improving learning!

Mrs. L.
Grades 3-5

This project will reach 26 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Because Of Winn-dixie • Amazon Business $23.69 1 $23.69
Night at the Museum 3-Movie Collection • Amazon Business $17.45 1 $17.45
Wonder • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Elf : Widescreen Edition • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
The Witches (Keep Case Packaging) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Johnny Tremain • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Liberty's Kids - The Complete Series • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jumanji • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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