A couple of weeks ago one of my students came back from the school library with a board book.
The next day he came back from the library with a Jack Sparrow book with a lexile level of 1070.
I have told you all before how my school librarian, Mrs. Parker, is the best librarian in the history of librarians.
So I went up to her and told her how most of my students were not making good book choices.
And then she asked:
-Well have you shown them what series are available?
– Have you had a series of “just right books” lessons with them?
We both came up with the idea of a book tasting event based on something that we saw on Pinterest.
We set a date and divided on things to do.
This is what she did:
- Decide on a genre
- Look for 6 different series or authors who have several books out
- The series picked needed to be within the 300 and 500 Lexile levels
- She also made the tasting plates
- Make props like tasting cards, a menu, and a selection sheet for students
- Make label for trail mix
- Get donations from parents in terms of snacks, tablecloths, and disposables.
- Set up a parent volunteer who could come and help us on the day of the tasting.
These are some pictures:
In order to get a copy of the series-snack labels, please click HERE!!
Of course not everything was rainbows and fairies.
At the end of the day, we got back together and touched base on a couple of things before we throw our second book tasting event around Halloween time.
These are the changes that we will make:
- No food on the tables. We noticed that some students were more focused on getting snacks than anything else. We will still keep the trail mix in a bag, and the students will get to take it home to families to discuss the contents and what they have learned.
- We will both dress up for the second book tasting.
- I have also made sure that my classroom library is a happy an inviting place for everyone. I use these labels that you can fin in my TPT store.