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 Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids age preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
National Geographic Explorer For Kids is an online version of the award winning magazine.  This website includes really fun videos, articles, games and much more for students from kindergarten through middle school.

Audible from Amazon is providing free audio recordings of books while schools remain closed.  This includes an incredible selection of stories for everyone. Just click the link below and choose a category such as Elementary, Tween, Literary Classics, and many more.  A list of books will appear. Pick one and start listening!

Activity:Week of April 6th Activity
Begin creating a book list of everything you read in the next few months.  Use a page in one of your notebooks to begin your list.  Include the title of the book, the author, the genre, and a few sentences describing the plot.  Share this book list with Miss Raniella and Miss L. when you see them again!


Write a book review and share it with a friend.  Call, text, or email a friend and tell them about the book you just listened to.  Would you recommend that they listen to it or not???

1) Find a Book

Use the link above to pick a book.

2) Listen to the Book

It is a very important step to write a good book review, listen to the entire book you choose. A good book review is an analysis of the content, style, and storyline. To review a book, it is very much important to listen to all of it. every single page of it. Make your own opinion about the entire story.

3) Take Notes

While listening to the book don’t forget to take notes of the things that need to be highlighted in your book review. It is very important to remember the key points of the book plots.  This might be tricky since you are listening and can not go back to reread something like you do in class. Taking notes will help you a lot in structuring your review for the book.

4) Identify the Subject

To write the best book review one needs to know about the epicenter of the story so that people can know what to expect from that book. The subject of the book also helps to hook your readers and compel them to read the book.

5) Describe the plot

As I have mentioned above also while describing the plot of a story you should not write the spoilers or the whole story. You just write about the gist of the story so that the main idea of the book is conveyed to the readers. 

6) Review Notes

Now that you are already done listening to the book and taking notes, it’s time to review your notes and shape them into a good book review.

7) Form an Opinion

You’re almost done! The only thing you have to do now is to form an opinion.  Did you like the book or not? Why? Explain your opinion.

8) Rating

Always give an honest rating to the book. Rate the book on the basis of the story and writing style. Your ratings should neither be for the author nor for the publisher. It should solely belong to your perspective and experience with the book.

Follow the structure with these steps in mind and you will master the book review writing. There are many people who do not buy a book without reading reviews.

9) Share with a friend!