With only a few weeks of school left, we probably only have time for one more book. And my readers will be leaving our school to head off to middle school, so I wanted to give them a few ways they can continue to find great books this summer, even if they aren't a part of a reading family.
First, I opened our browser to my favorite site on the Internet....a little site called Amazon.com. Heard of it? ;-) Then I searched Wonder by RJ Palacio because I already knew I liked that book. I showed them how you can scroll down and great book recommendations from other readers. We read through a few of the negative reviews about Wonder and did some think pair share about the perspectives offered.
Since I have a guided reading group that is working through The One and Only Ivan, I told the students we would either read Out of My Mind or Because of Mr. Terupt. I'd just finished both of them, and I'm pretty sure they'd like either.
I gave the kids some of the info from amazon, such as the number of pages, the age range and the book blurb.
After they read the blurbs and talked at their tables, I answered some of their questions and then handed out a ballot.
So what did they choose? The winner was.....
So tell me...do you give your students a choice in book selections? What's your current read aloud??
Happy Memorial Day, especially to those awesome military families!