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September 27, 2013

Book Orders in Your Classroom

By Kriscia Cabral
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Full disclosure: this school year I am blogging for Scholastic and I happen to have been a Scholastic Book Clubs fan for a long, long time. Book orders are one of my favorite things.There is always something new and always something to "ooh" and "ah" about as a class. Not only does the buzz about books fuel a love for reading, it also helps build our classroom community.

    Window Shopping

    I pass out order forms just before the end of the day on Fridays as a great way to end our week together — with a book in mind. Once the forms have been passed out, we do two things: star and circle.

    Students star the books that they have read and would recommend to others. We also write the titles on our whiteboard. This gives students the opportunity to be vocal about their reading. They become book critics and give the books a star rating on the board.

    The circling is our opportunity to "window shop." As we go through pages, students are encouraged to circle titles that interest them. This way, when they get home and show it to their parents, they already have an idea of what they'd like to read. The important thing to me is having my students look through the order form and be able to express to someone why they circled the books they did.

    The Online Option

    Having the option to take care of everything online has been a wonderful addition to Book Clubs. This is a great alternative for parents. I promote the online ordering because it takes one plate off of my tray and adds books to our classroom at the same time. I post the directions and classroom code on our classroom homepage, trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible for parents.

    Activities Around Orders

    If a student orders one book, they get a raffle ticket from me. They can enter our monthly classroom raffle and have the opportunity to win a prize. The kids are so excited just to be a part of the raffle, and then to find out that they get another book for next month — it's a win-win!

    Another great way I use the order forms has nothing to do with book acquisition. We recently started our work on genres and needed to classify books into the appropriate genre. Students were able to cut and paste the book covers that were featured in the monthly form under the appropriate genre choice. 

    Any way to get the kids engaged in reading, is worth a try. I find the more time they spend studying the form, the more eager and anxious they are to order from it. They become familiar with titles and it sparks an interest in their reading.

    Promoting reading in and outside of the classroom is a never-ending task. Book orders is one of many tools that aids in that process. It's a wonderful thing to hear a classroom of kids sharing about the books they have read and the ones they can't wait to read. The joy of being a part of a good book and a good conversation spreads around the room like a wildfire.

    Thank you for reading!

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    Full disclosure: this school year I am blogging for Scholastic and I happen to have been a Scholastic Book Clubs fan for a long, long time. Book orders are one of my favorite things.There is always something new and always something to "ooh" and "ah" about as a class. Not only does the buzz about books fuel a love for reading, it also helps build our classroom community.

    Window Shopping

    I pass out order forms just before the end of the day on Fridays as a great way to end our week together — with a book in mind. Once the forms have been passed out, we do two things: star and circle.

    Students star the books that they have read and would recommend to others. We also write the titles on our whiteboard. This gives students the opportunity to be vocal about their reading. They become book critics and give the books a star rating on the board.

    The circling is our opportunity to "window shop." As we go through pages, students are encouraged to circle titles that interest them. This way, when they get home and show it to their parents, they already have an idea of what they'd like to read. The important thing to me is having my students look through the order form and be able to express to someone why they circled the books they did.

    The Online Option

    Having the option to take care of everything online has been a wonderful addition to Book Clubs. This is a great alternative for parents. I promote the online ordering because it takes one plate off of my tray and adds books to our classroom at the same time. I post the directions and classroom code on our classroom homepage, trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible for parents.

    Activities Around Orders

    If a student orders one book, they get a raffle ticket from me. They can enter our monthly classroom raffle and have the opportunity to win a prize. The kids are so excited just to be a part of the raffle, and then to find out that they get another book for next month — it's a win-win!

    Another great way I use the order forms has nothing to do with book acquisition. We recently started our work on genres and needed to classify books into the appropriate genre. Students were able to cut and paste the book covers that were featured in the monthly form under the appropriate genre choice. 

    Any way to get the kids engaged in reading, is worth a try. I find the more time they spend studying the form, the more eager and anxious they are to order from it. They become familiar with titles and it sparks an interest in their reading.

    Promoting reading in and outside of the classroom is a never-ending task. Book orders is one of many tools that aids in that process. It's a wonderful thing to hear a classroom of kids sharing about the books they have read and the ones they can't wait to read. The joy of being a part of a good book and a good conversation spreads around the room like a wildfire.

    Thank you for reading!

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

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