"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The lesson-less plan...

....or the plan-less lesson. 

I decided to try something new this week.  The lesson-less plan or plan-less lesson!

The students arrived for their thirty minute library class.  I left my white board blank.  No message. No schedule.

And then I wrote one word on the white board: Reading

I told them that they were free to use the following tools as vehicles* to express what they know or think about reading:
Digital Camera
Flip Camera

With these tools as vehicles they could:

Create a book spine poem:

Create a Wordle:

Write a book review or poem:

Interview each other about a book they had read or were reading:
This footage was sadly lost by my needing to clear disk space on my laptop and accidentally deleting my movies folder...we'll not mention this Friday night debacle again...

Create a VoiceThread:

Voila!  The lesson-less plan or the plan-less lesson!

Was it a success?

Time will tell.  

*Special thanks for my friend Susannah R. for this expression.


  1. This is such an awesome idea! I just tried out a book tasting with 4th graders this week and I think this would be a great follow-up.

    1. Thanks! You should try it! I'd love to hear about your book tasting.