"A Swisstastic Journey of Me and My Students"

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What should we read next? Use our 5th gr. Book Trailers to help you figure it out.

My fifth graders are learning about BOOK TRAILERS.  This is a foundational lesson for many book reviews and projects to come. We spend time as a class watching other book trailers and talking about copyright.  I have many 6th graders who came back this year and asked me things about making videos.  Students have to work in groups to come up with a book they have all read.  They then have to create a script of what they want their book trailer to look like.  The scripts have to be approved before they can begin looking for images for their trailers.   

Here are the forms we use while planning out our trailers.  All of these are completed through Google Docs.
The first scriptSo I would show them this book trailer and then I would show how my script matches the finished trailer.
Example of first script....

  1. __Imagine yourself alone in the wild________________________________
  2. That’s Me.  My name is Squirrel.  I am not a Squirrel but I am a stray.  A stray dog.___________________________________________
  3. My brother Bone an dI know how it feels.  We’re strays trying to survive._______________________________________________
  4. We know how to hunt and find food.  Our mother taught us before she disappeared._______________________________________________________
  5. _We try to hide from humans.  They could be mean and leave us on the side of the road.__________
  6. But we always had each other.
  7. Until Bone got adopted and I was left all alone._
  8. Scare and hunger I wondered through the woods.  Looking for a place to stay.
  9. _________I tried to track Bone like my mama taught me.
  10. I miss him.  I want a home too and I’m really hungry.
  11. Wait, I hear something.
  12. Oh, no they look hunger too.
  13. Will Squirrel ever find Bone?  Will she ever find a good home?  Find out by reading Ann M. Martin’s A Dog’s Life: The autobiography of a Stray.__________________________________________

After the students have their 1st script approved they then move towards gathering their digital pictures. We spend a lot of time discussing copyright and citing sources. We also learn how to use the Advanced Search Features of Google to find copyright free pictures. Here is an example of a digital storyboard.

Here are our book trailers. They are still coming in so be sure to revisit.

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Tuesday Book Trailers


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Whatever After bad hair day

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Friday Book Trailers


  1. I really liked the Smile book trailer. I liked that you guys used real pictures from the book! Great job!

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  3. My favorite was the hunger games it had style ;{)

  4. I like the monday wonder it makes me want to read it

  5. I loved the book trailer something up stairs, it is the best book trailer i ever saw

  6. I liked the pictures on the whatever after bad hair day book trailer.

  7. I like the ending of the hunger games it makes me want to read it