Book speed dating lesson plan
” When students have visited each table, they fill out their final book selection on the worksheet, turn in the sheet, and check out their books.
At this point, I pass out one chocolate kiss to each student, because, as I like to tell them, the perfect date ends in a kiss!
If I shared a dozen books and half of them were actually checked out, I was happy.
For the rest of the period, students would browse the stacks in search of a book, find one quickly, and then sit down and chat with their friends until the bell rang.
I especially like that I can customize the boxes for the classes/grades that I have visiting.
And I LOVE that lots of book replenishing is needed after each class! What other tried and true activities do you use for the love of reading?
Here’s how I’ve put together this activity: I always get great feedback from teachers and students with this activity…they love it!
By the final round, about half of the students will typically have a book that they want to check out.
They must read the cover, front and back flaps, and begin reading the book during the dating period.
For instance, the first thing we notice (if most of us are honest) is a person’s physical appearance.
When choosing a book, the first thing we notice is the cover.
So I try to do as much as possible to talk to my students about what they’re reading and help them find books that will get them hooked!
One activity that I’ve found to be extremely successful this year is a round of “Book Speed Dating.” I know that this is an activity that many librarians have done for years…it’s tried and true for a reason!
I ask the girls to have a seat first, spacing them out so that there are no more than two per table. This is to ensure that there is an adequate variety of books that will appeal to both genders at each table. As the activity progresses, I watch that students read and engage with the books.