Are you struggling to get your reluctant readers excited about the books available to them? Are your students losing interest in reading in favor of daydreaming about warmer weather? Here are some of my favorite ways to get my students excited about books throughout the school year!
USE YOUR READ ALOUD
Use this time to make some powerful book choices. Introduce your students to lovable characters or a new book series that they won’t be able to resist. Reading aloud can be for enjoyment. Model your own love for reading….it’s contagious!
HOST A BOOK RAFFLE
Use those Scholastic book order points and buy some new books for the class. Introduce each book by reading the blurb and showing the cover. Then set up a raffle. You can either set up a system where students earn tickets or give everyone an equal chance and pass out sticky notes.
Either way, you’ll be able to hear a pin drop as you draw each name!
LET PEERS HAVE A SAY
Elementary students still value their teacher’s opinion, but they are beginning to value what their peers have to say, too! Tap into this with peer book recommendations. You can set up a small area in your classroom for this. Just leave a stack of slips and a basket near the classroom library. Students can either hand deliver the slips to their peers or you can set aside a few minutes a week to read them aloud to build even more excitement.
Either way, the students will LOVE that a classmate thought about them and students will be curious about the book that was recommended. I call that a win-win situation! You can find the peer recommendation slips here.
HOST A BOOK EXCHANGE
This is a great way to get students excited about books without spending a lot of money! Send a letter or invitation home prior to the event explaining the details. Make sure to clearly state what type of books should be included in the exchange! If you want all of the books to be new, set a price limit. If you allow donated books, add photo examples to your invite of books in gently used condition and make sure the parents sign off on the donation (you don’t want a family heirloom or something pulled from Mom and Dad’s personal reading collection).
For each student that donates a book, he or she can receive a raffle ticket. You can either do a drawing or allow students to shop with their ticket as their money. I have thrown in a few books purchased with Scholastic book points or from my classroom library just so every student has some choice (or to replace a donated book that isn’t appropriate or isn’t in good condition).
GIVE THE GIFT OF READING
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I hope you’ll be able to try at least one of these ideas with your own students.
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