Yes, thats a movie camera set up- yesterday was one of our best days EVER in room 108! We were the first kids ever at Graham to get a personal visit from a Chicago children’s book author, the one and only Lesley Etherly! You may recognize the name, we have been using her book, Baxter the Bully and Maxine the Meanie as part of our anti bullying reading buddies program. Mrs. B and Mrs. E also happen to be good friends and have known each other since Columbia College! We got to have donuts and pastries from our fantastic local bakery as we introduced each other and had a sit down Q and A session with Mrs. E! Here are some shots of this ( we will tell you about the movie camera in a bit!)
Mrs Etherly explaining how she got her ideas and inspiration for her books! ( Her own daughters and wanting to teach them social skills at a young age!) We loved getting to here about her family and life!
Renell asking her questions! D.J. and Danny listening-
We got to ask her all about the creative process as well- here are some shots of us discussing the writing process and how you can put your ideas to work for you!
After we talked to was time to get down to business!!! Mrs. E brought her recording equipment in and filmed us reading her books. Each one of us read 2 lines from each book and she is going to cut and loop it together so it looks like a continuous movie! We are hoping to use this video footage to get these amazing books into CPS! We are also all getting copies of it and keeping it for our digital memory collection! Special thanks to DeJuan who was an awesome sound tech!
Here is photos of the equipment! Mrs. Etherly’s hushand is a film maker so they have GORGEOUS equipment, We transformed our room into a set! It was so cool making a movie in our room!
Sweet , right?!?
Here we are setting up the room
We also learned that the mic was super high tech and picked up the smallest of sounds so we learned the term “Quiet on set”
Here we are waiting to read and watching our peers get filmed!
Here we are hard at work creating the collaborative reading film!
This was such an amazing experience to get to film with the author who wrote the books we have been using!!!! After filming we were interviewed about bullies in our life. We also took a photo of each of us with Mrs. Etherly!
After lunch our third grade buddies came down to meet Mrs. E and she read us her books- this was fun!!!! Check out how much fun our buddies had- BTW they asked even BETTER questions than we did 🙂
We loved our visit with this very special person- it is days like this that makes us want to reach out and increase our plan to help others! Thank you for everything Lesley Etherly!