Book Clubs Have Started!
(even Olive, the Library Cat, is joining in)
This week was all about Book Clubs. Our ever popular library books started this week for students in Grades 1-6.
The most important rule for all the clubs is to have fun reading! Library Book Clubs are voluntary and books are chosen at a student’s independent reading level so that reading for the Book Clubs is a pleasurable and relaxing experience. This also builds confidence and fluency as the children have the opportunity to practice the reading skills they have learned in the classroom.
Personalized bookmarks are given to members after they have read and reported on their first book. Following is a brief summary of the clubs. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Library or email me.
Grades 1 and 2 are the Bookworm Club. Members read books from our Easy and Beginning Reader section. After taking the book home, or keeping it in their desk at school, and after reading the entire book, members make an appointment with Mrs. Reid to read their favorite page either before school, at any recess, after school, or during their library time. Each time a book is finished it is entered on their “official” log and a sticker is awarded. After each 6 books are read, members can choose a special prize.
Grade 3 is the Red Dot Book Club, so named for the red dots on the spines of many books in our collection that are especially chosen for readers who are ready to read chapter books. After reading a “red dot book,” members write a book report or do a multimedia project using their laptop or the library iPads. After completing a book report or a project, members can choose a special prize.
Grades 4-6 Book Club Bingo. Students get a book club bingo card with different types of books in each square. They read a book and do a project to earn a prize. Projects include iPad book reports, written book reports, or multimedia projects on their laptops. A prize is given for each project, and a bonus for completing a row of five on the bingo card.
(In addition to book clubs, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books. Practice meetings will begin in March. Watch future Wednesday Words for more details.)
Book Clubs are one of my favorite parts of being a librarian at Cold Spring! It’s such a joy to see students excited about reading.
Kindergarten–Kindergarten heard a wonderful new non-fiction book this week called Creature Feature: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look The Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Page Robin. Each page spread had a question about the appearance of the animal and then the animal answers the question. The artwork is stunning! Highly recommended.