Kidspiration software program can be used by students to create correlations between the AR books they read and LA Content Standards and Benchmarks. In this Kidspiration activity, students classify parts of speech using vocabulary words from The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff. This classic is an AR book level 3.9 and worth 0.5 points.
Kid Pix 3 is one of the best software programs available to allow computer users to produce projects and presentations of all kinds. It's versatility and ease of use makes it one of the most valuable tools for teachers and students. Pattern writing using AR books is an excellent project for students of all ages. The pattern from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? was used along with George Rodrigue's Blue Dog to create the Blue Dog Book.
That's Good ! That's Bad by Margery Cuyler - AR BL 2.3 and Points 0.5
It Didn't Frighten Me
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is an AR book (level 4.0 - 1.0 point) that has it's own website and is an excellent online project for kids all over the world. What a great technology extension to go with this AR book.
After reading their AR book, students collect things that can be arranged in an artistic way to depict the story. Anything that will fit on the bed of a scanner can be used. Once the Scanner Book Report is complete student should present it to the class explaining the significance of each piece and how it relates to the book. For details on completing Scanner Collages click here.
An Author Study is another great way to encourage students to read. The possibilities for Author Study projects are endless.