Yesterday marked the (fun!) end of a blogging book group with two students from my school and eight from four other schools in our region. We all read Kate Messner’s book Marty Mcguire and used a blog for students to answer and ask questions and reflect on their reading. (Each Sunday night, one of the librarians posted the prompts for the week. We shared the work!) A great discussion guide for the book is available from Scholastic if you want to introduce some students to this spunky character!
Because they were second and third graders there was a bit of a learning curve with the features of the blog and the mechanics of posting comments, but they learned quickly. I dare say my students improved their keyboarding skills somewhat just from the twice weekly practice for this project.
To make the project’s culmination more special we agreed to meet face-to-face at one of our schools to Skype with the author and enjoy a celebratory lunch (complete with frog cookies!). Kate Messner was a wonderful author to Skype with. She was enthusiastic, pleasant, and “real.” She wove great comments into her chat about writing and how students might think about their own creative process.
Both boys and girls enjoyed the book and are now excited to read Marty Mcguire Digs Worms, the sequel which came out a few weeks ago. Kate Messner has posted links (think compost and worms) to accompany the second book on Pinterest.
Thanks to LibraryStew for planting the original idea in my head!