Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tried it Tuesday -- Tumblebooks

I'm so happy to see that Tried it Tuesday is back with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper.  With all of these linky parties returning to their regularly scheduled program, everything is beginning to feel "normal" again.  :)

This week I'd like to share an online e-book program called Tumblebooks

Like the product description says, Tumblebooks are animated and narrated picture books that students can watch on the SMART Board, computer, or iPad.  There are tons of stories to choose from, both fiction and nonfiction.  Many of the stories are even AR books (if that matters for your students.)

How do I use Tumblebooks in my classroom?
  • During snack time, I will sometimes play a Tumblebook
  • Students listen and follow along to a Tumblebook during DEAR time to hear fluent reading and to practice moving their eyes along a page faster
  • Students can watch Tumblebooks at home (if your school allows this)
  • We will watch some of the nonfiction stories to introduce a topic we will be studying in science
  • I sometimes use Tumblebooks to spark writing ideas or "finish the story" writing
Tumblebooks is a subscription service, but there is a 30 day free trial.  This may be something to approach your school librarian about getting for the whole school, like our librarian did.

(And no, I am not receiving any compensation from Tumblebooks....just sharing a great reading resource!  :)

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  1. LOVE these task cards! Since I teach 5th and 6th it would perfect spiral review for all my kiddies!

    Floating Through Fifth

  2. Jennifer, in our province we are lucky enough that the Public Libraries have TumbleBooks online for us to use free! It's great, isn't it! Thanks for reminding me about it. It has some great books. I like the idea of putting on a book during nutrition break - or indoor recess!! Have a great night!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. I love Tumblebooks. Our library purchases it every year for the kiddies! My favorite story that pops up is Robert Munsch's 50 Below Zero.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Tumblebooks looks like an amazing resource! I will have to check with our librarian and have pinned it for future reference. Thanks so much for linking up, Jennifer!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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