Since all classes had an opportunity to visit the fair last week, I knew I needed to consider the possibility of having an activity that would capitalize on the book fair's presence. So...
Middle school students and 4th and 5th graders were asked to browse the fair and find a book that captured their interest. Then they would take that book and find a quiet place to "get to know" the book - read the cover, read the first few pages, look at any pictures and read captions, and more. Their target was to prepare a 30 -60 second commercial that would convince their peers that the book was worth reading. It was fun to see how some students really got into the spirit of the activity! See videos below for examples of these "pitches".
The primary students were introduced to their first book nominee in the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award contest hosted by the Washington Library Media Association. The story, Nugget and Fang - Friends Forever or Snack Time?, explores the theme of friendship. Whenever I read aloud, I also model to students about "what good readers do/think". After the read aloud, students were invited to select a book from the book fair shelves to read/look at. See pictures below of 1st graders enjoying these selections.
Keeping my brain young by being a lifetime learner one new idea at a time!