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Plan a Class Book Swap to Promote Summer Reading

By Beth Newingham on June 6, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

At the end of the year, my students create book boxes for summer reading, but need books to fill them up. In my classroom, each student can bring up to five gently used chapter books to exchange. The number of books a student brings from home is the number of new books he or she may take during the swap. I always order some inexpensive books from Scholastic Book Clubs using my bonus points so there are plenty of options.

Students can add their new books to their book box and take them home to read during the summer. You could even plan a "Read in the Park" get-together where you meet your students at a nearby park for lunch and have them swap books again. Students love to see their teachers during the summer, and it is a great time for the students to bring their summer reading journals and share their progress.

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