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This weekend our students demonstrated the power of passion! They used their imaginations and created an epic cardboard arcade from mostly used and recycled items. The entire project was inspired by Caine’s Arcade (a cardboard arcade made by a 9-year-old boy).
I was so impressed by the time and work our students put into their projects. I was humbled to see so many of our families converge on the school cafeteria to support their children’s innovative spirit. We had nearly 180 students participate and the school was packed with creative projects…and all of this on one of the nicest Saturday afternoons ever!
If you have a few minutes, please check out the video link above. While we were not able to capture every single arcade game in our video, the TouchCast does show just how amazing our students really are. We will be inviting a few students to bring their cardboard arcade games to our PTA Carnival this spring. (Some judging was done based on durability, creativity and the carnival “fun factor.”)
Congratulations to EVERY student that participated. I am really proud of your efforts and the passion you brought to your projects.
**Special thanks to the fabulous Mrs. Carrie Lunetta for bringing this opportunity to our entire school. Mrs. Lunetta is our Gifted & Talented teacher, and she also understands that each and every child has a “genius” and spark…it’s our job to help kids embrace their creativity.
Welcome to the AR Collaborative: A World Book Talk. I’m including a parent letter below for any school or classroom wishing to participate. The informational letter provides key details of the project and allows parents the option of opting out of the video submission portion of the World Book Talk. Click the link below to print a Project Letter PDF:
Who: Students, teachers, principals, authors, grandparents; anyone that loves reading!
What: Record a 60 second book talk video of your favorite book. Any book you’ve read will do.
Where: Send book talk videos along with a clear photo of the book’s cover to firstname.lastname@example.org
When: We are launching the AR Collaborative now. Feel free to e-mail your videos anytime.
Why: To foster a lifelong appreciation of reading while modeling meaningful technology integration. Book talks also activate students’ prior knowledge and help them make important connections to a text.
Top 10 Book Talk Tips:
- Speak loudly and be clear while creating your 60 second video.
- The target audience is PreK – 12 students.
- Be creative & have fun. Your audience will sense your passion for the book and its theme.
- Mention the title and author during your book talk.
- Students creating videos should only mention their first name.
- The beginning of your book talk video should include a “hook” or attention grabber.
- If you have a special connection to the book or author you could mention that.
- Plan your closing in advance so it’s clear and keeps potential readers interested.
- Book talks help readers make decisions about what to read; do not give away your book’s ending.
- Please remember to keep videos to 60 seconds or less.