Dayton Avenue's Book Clubs

An Eye on Perspective: Fourth & Fifth Grade

About the Project

Fourth and fifth grade book club students meet in the Library Media Center with Mrs. Marone, library media specialist, and Mrs. Zambelli, literacy specialist, once a week to discuss and analyze what they've read. After reading several novels, students selected one novel to do for their perspective project, which was a unique twist on a traditional book trailer to promote and encourage literacy. Within their selection, students had to find one scene where a character felt a strong emotion.

The students analyzed their text during this scene and took notes using Google Docs. Then students created a graphic organizer using Google Drawing. On their graphic organizers, they extracted evidence regarding what their characters were seeing, feeling or hearing during the scene.

Next, students sketched the scene out from their character's perspective using details from their notes and graphic organizer. Once they drafted, using the eye template created by Dayton's art teacher, Ms. Steuerwald, the students drew the scene from their character's perspective. Students then created a short video explaining their illustration to their audience.

After filming, the students created a found poem from the book excerpt they used to frame their eye illustration. The students analyzed the text and selected words and phrases that would best capture the emotion important to their character.

Finally, the students' illustrations were scanned and uploaded to ThingLink. On ThingLink, links to the project's components on Google Drive were added to make their illustrations interactive. The students linked their book's cover, text evidence, found poem, their graphic organizer, book except and video explaining their drawing.

Technology Rationale

Students used their Google accounts to share their work with Mrs. Marone and Mrs. Zambelli as well as each other as it is becoming a routine part of the classroom environment. Students could access their Google accounts during and after school to work on their projects. While at school, students used the media center set of the Dell Inspiron Touch-Screen Laptops. Google Drawing was used to create their graphic organizers while Google Docs was used for note-taking to help students develop new thinking processes as well as higher-order thinking skills. ThingLink was incorporated into the project to make the students' artwork interactive so all of the information about their project could be directly attached to it to construct and build knowledge. Links from the documents created on Google Drive were used to make the tags hyperlinked on ThingLink. Tackk was used as a platform to host the project in leu of a traditional website due to it's simple, blog-like interface, which allows the students' work to be the main focus.

Project's Audience

By Mrs. Schultz, 2015

Students created this project to share the knowledge they developed during book club with their peers, teachers and administrators at Eastern Suffolk BOCES 15th Annual Celebration of Technology Conference. The conference, at Dowling College, was sponsored by the Model Schools Program and according to its official website, featured over 600 students and teachers from Eastern Suffolk County. The fourth and fifth grade students who presented the project at the conference were: Sean M., Kimberly W., Olivia A., Haley J., Jack S., Luke P., Benjamin I., Brianna G., and Aidan Y. Students who presented the project were leaders for our school and district!

Student Projects

Haley J., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Wonder Stuck by Brian Selznik

Olivia A., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Wonder Stuck by Brian Selznik

Breanna D., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

Benjamin I., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Luke P., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sean M., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Something Upstairs by Avi

Nora H., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Jack S., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Aidan Y., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Reagan W., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Brianna G., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Vincent B., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Colin H., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Cate S., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Allison W., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sophia M., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Makai S., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Something Upstairs by Avi

Julia S., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Richard G., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Something Upstairs by Avi

Rylie H., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Joshua P., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Makayla C., Fifth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Gianna G., Fourth Grade

Perspective Project Topic: Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Special Thanks to:

  • Ms. Steuerwald
  • Mr. Ackerman
  • Mrs. Hintze
  • Dr. Christie
  • Mrs. Neumann
  • Mrs. Schultz
  • Our 4th & 5th Grade Teachers
  • Ms. Urso