Today I'm bringing back a post that's not all that old (April), but it is one of my absolute FAVORITE activities I've created for my classroom!! We've done this activity for the past 2 years, and I can't wait to add a little more to it this year to pull in writing and social studies with more activities on the actual court jobs! So I hope you like it!! Don't forget to check out all of the other great throw back posts!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! :)
Original Post on April 30, 2013 (I changed the name of my blog in June so the old name is on the pictures. :)
The Genre's Court
Do you ever find books in your classroom library that were placed into the wrong book bin?? If you said YES, keep reading for a very interactive, innovative, and creative way to engage students in genres WHILE also keeping your books in the right places!! Sounds like a WIN WIN to me! :)
Check it out here.
So, who's watched the show, People's Court??? Well, as I played the theme song, surprisingly, a ton of my 2nd graders started raising their hands in excitement that they knew where it came from!! I had NO idea that they would actually know it!
Well, anyway, I wanted to find a fun way to review genres and expanding it to make them prove it with evidence. Enter, "The Genre's Court!" I actually brought in my college graduation gown to wear as the "Publisher" or judge during the trials! We play the theme song from you tube as I walk into the room and when the "authors" (defendants) and "critics" (plaintiffs) walk in and out of the "courtroom" (classroom).
Throughout the week during book club centers, my students have the chance to fill out a clipboard
sheet on a specific book that they found placed in the wrong book bin! I don't know about you all, but I can't stand it when the books are misplaced after repeatedly going over the book system!! :) Do they not realize how many hours it took to get that book system organized?!? haha :) Luckily, I always have some great helpers that help me out! However, this makes it FUN to find a book in the wrong place! (Or at least they THINK it's in the wrong book bin) This leads to holding The Genre's Court! There are "Editors" (jurors), "Illustrators" (sketch artists drawing the scene in the room), "readers" (spectators), "News Reporters" (video tapes and interviews readers on the trial which in turn they create an iMovie on the iPads!! side note...I got a grant for 3 ipad minis for next year so I can't wait to use those for this part, too!!), and "Copywriter" (bailiff). I even have my own gavel with my name "Judge Swisher" on it along with "The Genre's Court!!!" (My awesome co-teacher for reading bought it for me for Christmas!!!)
We move the desks around to make it look like my courtroom map, and we have several trials. If after the "authors" give their evidence from the clipboard sheet (graphic organizer), the "editors" (whom also fill out a similar organizer taking notes to the evidence the authors state) find that the "authors" DID NOT defend their genre, the book is sent to jail until the next person brings it to court. I put the book in a separate bin in which it does not return to the labeled book bins until it is defended in court. If the "editors" find that the "authors" DID defend the genre, the book can return to the correct book bin! :)
I LOVE THIS ACTIVITY!!! MY STUDENTS LOVE IT EVEN MORE (MAYBE :)! They beg me to have genre court! I usually try 1 time a month. I occasionally move books in the wrong bins to make sure there are a variety of genres being used. Sneaky, I know! :)
Court is dismissed! :)