I recently wrote about ways to get students connected using Social Media, and one of those ways is to join #5bookfriday. You don’t even have to be on Twitter to do this with your students, but it sure helps to have that connection and see what books are in students’ #5bookfriday bags.
What: 5 Book Friday, hashtag #5bookfriday
A book talk of five books that you are going to “sell” to your readers.
Why: I started this because I was having trouble making sure to get to a book talk everyday in addition to the teaching, coaching, observing, preparing, book conferences, and more.
How: Get a bag, any bag, fun and or silly works great. Stash five books that you want to sell to your students. Think about specific readers as you do so. Who has been looking lost lately? Who has been spending too much time searching for a book? Who needs a just right book? Who needs a challenge? You might group them by author or genre. One week I even did all similar covers. It might be five new books you just purchased or five classics. It’s up to you.
Have students bring their reading interest lists to the carpet so they can jot down titles and authors. You may also need to have a few waiting lists ready for very popular titles.
Then dramatically sell each book!
When you’re done snap a quick picture before the stampede and fighting begins.
If you have Twitter send out a picture of you five books using the hashtag #5bookfriday.
My students LOVE this little tradition now. (To be honest they thought I was crazy the first time since I have a little jingle I sing, but they sing with me now.) Your enthusiasm will be their enthusiasm!