I wanted to wrap up a few activities that I completed with Billy y las botas before break! I also want to include a few ideas that I would change next time.
- I was really bad at pre-teaching vocabulary. I assumed (incorrectly) that students would pick up the vocabulary as I was reviewing it. When I realized it, I reviewed the vocabulary and made a Kahoot with it! This was the first Kahoot with videos that I made, and I really liked it! I used this during the part where the tall man was grabbing Billy and the boots were encouraging him to jump.
- While many times, I wanted to talk about the book, I recognize that it can be difficult for some students to always pay attention to me. One day, I broke out the individual whiteboards as we were reading. Another day, I asked the main questions and put the “bigger idea” questions into PearDeck. I think it is important to recognize that it is difficult for some students to sit and listen without something else to do.
- I made sure to complete a cloze activity that I found online for El Burrito Sabanero before that section in the book. My students enjoyed this song! It was also a nice way to incorporate culture into the book.
- At the end, I created a Quizizz for students to complete.
- I also utilized the Teacher’s Guide for awesome activities like Matamoscas!
- To finish up our unit, the students completed a Fishbowl activity with the pictures from the novel. We practiced the Pecha Kucha as well as the students had a chance to complete this activity in small groups before they completed this for an assessment. I allowed them to pick any four pictures from the novel as long as they had not previously been used by another group in the class.
- While groups were completing this activity, my other students wrote up different creative versions of this text. I allowed them to use the book as well.
- In the end, we had a bit of time for a Smashdoodle. I wish that we had had more time for this! Here are some of my students’ mostly unfinished (but still awesome!) Smashdoodles:
There are many things that I liked about my unit! I really enjoyed Billy, and my students did too based on their feedback. I would say that this is the most successful book that I have incorporated with my students. I obviously need to keep pre-teaching vocabulary, and I think that would have been a bit more successful. I could have stretched this unit out to include a few more days especially post graphic novel including another digital storytelling time and more time to finish the smashdoodles. I would encourage you to try out this graphic novel with students!