Whilst perusing some of my new favorite websites for great library lessons, I came across this fantastic post about table top twitter, and I decided to give the idea a try. So I created a lesson that taught my 6th grade students a quick history of twitter as well as the purpose of the at symbol (@) and hashtags (#). Then I put a sheet of butcher paper on each table and asked the students to tweet either a response to the prompt or use the hashtag phrase in a tweet. Usernames were decided simply by using first name and last name initial, and the students then completed a walkabout* that lasted about ten minutes (one minute per table to write and respond and some movement time).
The muffins LOVED IT! They came up with some great tweets, and the teachers were completely enthralled (I didn't know that none of the teachers use twitter). The best part of the lesson was the final result: they came up with some excellent tweets, responded to one another thoughtfully, and (most important in my book) didn't think the activity was "dumb" or "boring".
Here are some of their fantastic tweets (sorry the second one is difficult to read)
In response to the question "What advice would you give younger students about the library?" MylesR gave this great advice:
Good lord I love it when my lessons are successful!