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Introduce Sample Categories for Your Class Book Awards

By Beth Newingham on July 26, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

To kick off our Class Book Awards yearlong activity, I choose five book award categories (best illustrations, most unpredictable plot, favorite fiction series, etc.) and pick my own favorite books as the first Class Book Award winners of the school year. Once you have done this for multiple years, you can have the winning books from the previous year serve as your examples.

Students have usually seen awards shows on TV, and they know that the actors, actresses, and musicians are given awards in multiple categories such as "Best Actress," "Best Movie," and "Song of the Year." We also discuss how awards are given in different genres like "Best Country Album," "Best Comedy," or "Best Actor in a Drama." I explain how this concept will lend itself to nominating favorite books in different categories throughout the school year.

Learn more about our Class Book Awards here.

Comments (5)

For years I've done a 2nd grade Poetry Academy Awards. Students nominate poems, we narrow down the choices, and they vote on their favorites. The categories are "Funniest," "Nicest," and "Sweet-Sadness." The winners are displayed on the door for all to read.

Hi Sue!

I use Pinnacle Studio Version 14. To get all of the effects included within the program, you do have to purchase the most expensive package. However, you can purchase individual effects and effect packages separately within the program once you have installed the basic Studio program on your computer. Have fun making movies!!

-Beth Newingham

Thanks for the idea about the poetry awards!! We do a poetry unit in our classroom April each year. Tailoring our awards to match up with the poetry genre would be fun!

-Beth Newingham

For years I've done a 2nd grade Poetry Academy Awards. Students nominate poems, we narrow down the choices, and they vote on their favorites. The categories are "Funniest," "Nicest," and "Sweet-Sadness." The winners are displayed on the door for all to read.

Beth

I truly love your teacher resources. I have a question about movie making. What version of pinnacle do you use? do you need to buy the most expensive to get all the great effects?

Sue

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