Speed dating with books
So, now that you've got all sorts of books and genres in your classroom library, what else are you going to need to set-up your Speed Dating Books activity?
If you need six groups, copy the scorecard onto six different colors of paper.During the summer months, it is easy to pick up inexpensive books at thrift stores, yard sales, and block sales. Later, one of my former students became the teen librarian at our township library. Librarians go through their collections two or more times a year, and if a book hasn't been checked out for an extensive period of time, that book needs to go in order to make room for new titles.Shelly, my local hook-up, would call me up any time she had collected five or more boxes of books.Announcements littered the airwaves each week and curious students examined the display case outside the library. After a quick trip to the store to secure candy hearts, streamers, and red plastic table cloths, I recruited a crew of students to yank books and organize them by genre tables.The Fun The timers were set, the genre tables organized, and the “rate your date” handouts were copied and ready.The Definition and the Plan Book Speed Dating, as a program, provides readers with multiple rounds of five minutes each to explore and read from a selection of books in a variety of genres.
Two days each week, our students have 90-minute block classes.
After surfing the web and stalking wonderful librarian blogs, I came up with many already tried-and-true components in support of this event; then I did some hard core recruiting of my most avid student and staff readers.
In looking for ways to celebrate Library Lover’s month in February, I decided to jump on the Book Speed Dating train.
Round after round of speed dating yielded both rejected books as well as “the chosen” pick.
Reflections on a Good Day Rarely do students send thank you notes or bolt to the circulation desk to check out a book!
Invite them into your classroom to give a book talk to your students. It will take you between 10-15 minutes to complete your application, and if you qualify, you can order individual titles or titles in bulk. I ordered 13 books - everything from The Book Thief to I'll Give You the Sun, Lily and Duncan to An Ember in the Ashes - for just under $60.