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Volunteers: If you've read to students, then it's time to submit your report.
This page is designed for those who have already completed the registration process. Registration can be completed on the Registration page.
If you are a teacher who is reading to your students (having a second classroom and teacher also present is required), then you will also benefit from information on the Teachers page.
Preparing for Your Visit
- Familiarize yourself with the book. If you're waiting for the book to arrive, you can access helpful info from the Book page, such as the book's synopsis, preview a portion of the book, and studying the helpful reading tips.
- Organize your visit. If you haven't already, determine with the teacher how much time you'll visit the class on what date and time.
- Review helpful hints. Review the below list of helpful hints provided by past participating teachers.
- Plan your presentation. Considering the grade of the class, determine if they would benefit from you reading the book word-for-word or if showing the pictures and discussing the information would be most beneficial. Determine if a video, activity from a lesson, or other resource would enhance your visit (consider those found on the Videos, Lessons, & Other Resources page).
- Practice. Whether practicing in your head, outloud, or in front of others, take time to feel comfortable with your visit.
The following helpful hints have come from past participating teachers who have given suggestions for making your visit a success.
- Have a conversation about the vocabulary words in the book before you start reading.
- Incorporate a discussion throughout the book by asking questions as found in the Helpful Reading Tips.
- Bring in items from the book that they can touch and see in real life.
- Incorporate a listening activity that requires the students to write something based on what they heard. Ex: After we read this text write 3 things you learned, and 1 question you now have.
- Use the digital book projected on a screen for large groups, or walk around to the students showing the pictures up close.
The following materials were included in the mailing that need your attention.
Before the publication of Bee's Amazing Adventure, a digital version was created from the book's draft. This digital draft was used one year for AZ Agricultural Literacy Days. Classrooms with a projector and a screen were able to participate, and many liked the large pictures that were clearly seen by everyone.
If you are interested in using a published digital version of Bee's Amazing Adventure during your visit, talk with your hosting teacher. If the equipment to present the digital version is available and the teacher agrees to its use, then direct the hosting teacher to the Teachers link where s/he can request a copy.
A digital version of the book will be provided to the hosting teacher who will be responsible to prepare the equipment for your visit. Be prepared to use the donated hardcopy if there are technical difficulties.
We've made some changes to the reporting procedures that now makes it quick and easy! It should only take about 90 seconds to complete the brief online report.
Please submit your report within 24 hrs of each reading. You will need to complete a separate report every time that you read. Whether you read once to one class or once to 10 classes in an auditorium, one report will work for that one reading.
When you are ready to complete your report, you will need the following.
- School's name
- Teacher's name
- Date of reading visit
- Time with students (in minutes - rounded to nearest 5)
- Number of people present (To be helpful, we've provided a People Present Form as a way for you to get exact numbers. Some volunteers find it helpful to simply give this form to the teachers before reading the book, asking them to complete it, and picking it up before they leave.)