This week with Grade 5s, students participated in a Book Tasting with a focus on Genres. Our collection has been generified for one year and starting with the grade 4s I introduce and explain our specific genres.
The goal of the book tasting is to expose students to a genre(s) and author(s) they may not otherwise choose.
The setup: I had 6 table groups with placemats with a reading quote. Tables were numbered for rotation. (I didn't use tablecloths since we have nice colourful tables.) Each table had a book from each genre in our collection, a placemat and a menu.
Before introducing the activity I gave everyone the opportunity to read their book quote and share with their table group. I asked for volunteers to share a quote they connected with.
To introduce Book Tasting I shared a powerpoint explaining the purpose and process of book tasting. We also went over genres to ensure everyone understood each genre and to look at the spine of the book for a genre label.
Rotations: I displayed a six minute timer with 4 minutes for browsing and 2 minutes for skim reading and completing a menu section. (I explained how to skim read in the powerpoint presentation.) The menu has five sections and we had 6 tables so I asked students to not complete more than 1 section for each table. At the last table instead of completing a section they would fill out their top 3 choices.
At the end of the book tasting, they were asked to go back to the table of their first choice and see if anyone else is interested in the same book. If so, rock/paper/scissors for it.
During the winter holidays take the time to read. If you don't have any books try an ebook from the Surrey Public Library or from our Library Catalogue. There is also Tumblebooks and BookFlix.
Print out the winter bingo and colour in each space to complete a bingo. Or colour all the spaces by reading everyday. If you are at school bring it back for a prize in January!
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Try the Summer Reading Challenge for Surrey Centre Students! Read all summer for fun! Read just 15 minutes to avoid Summer Slide. Summer Slide is the loss of reading skills during the time when students are not in school. Print out the challenge or Click on the link for a variety of reading ideas. Scholastic Canada has fun links and activities to encourage summer reading. http://www.scholastic.ca/summerreading/
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Read the story together as a family. It is not a Harry Potter story, does not contain magic and is a fairy tale . The setting is the kingdom of Cornucopia which is ruled by King Fred who uses his power to get what he wants. The story is recommended for ages 7 and up.