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December 11, 2014

Shelfies: A Holiday Gift That Will Last a Lifetime

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

    This year’s plan for a holiday gift to families will be a captured moment of the love students have for reading. A colleague of mine shared the awesome idea of “shelfies” (similar to a selfie, but with a favorite book in the picture). This was the plan for taking the shelfie, sharing with parents, and encouraging reading in the classroom and at home.

    Where to Start

    I started the discussion with my students by introducing the idea, asking: “How many of you have a favorite book? How many of you have had lots of favorite books? How many of you can remember all the books you’ve enjoyed reading? Wouldn’t it be neat if we could have a picture of you with your favorite book or books that you could look at now and then? With technology today, I think we can!"

    I asked the kids if they knew what a selfie is. After a few students responded, I explained the plan of taking a selfie, but including a favorite book in our hands and creating "shelfies."

    Preparation

    Once students knew what we were going to create, I asked them to fill in a writing piece about their shelfie using a template. They filled out their name and the name of their favorite book, along with the author's name, and two reasons why others should read the book. (We will use this introduction of opinion writing for a book review writing project that I will share more about in an upcoming post.)

    As they were writing, I pulled kids one at a time to capture their shelfie.

    The picture will be used as the cover of their holiday card to parents, along with a handwritten letter on the inside about their concrete and abstract holiday wishes (tune in next week for this post), and my homeroom book list filled with all the titles shared by our class. 

    Encouraging More Reading

    I add our whole class list of shelfie titles because many of the kids were intrigued by what their classmates shared. They wanted to read their classmates' books as well.

     

    The card and the shelfie offer me an opportunity to encourage parents to share the love of reading with their child and to encourage them to choose books that their kids might find interesting. The letter I send home shares ideas with parents on how to read with their child, and where they can find special offers and discounts for buying books during the holiday season, such as the Scholastic Store sale. (As readers and friends, I also share this one with you!)

    Parents get to hold on to a memory of a special book at a specific time in their children's lives. Students share their treasures and find new loves in books that were shared by their classmates. It’s a win-win!

    How do you encourage reading and the love of books in your classroom? I’d love to hear from you! 

     

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    This year’s plan for a holiday gift to families will be a captured moment of the love students have for reading. A colleague of mine shared the awesome idea of “shelfies” (similar to a selfie, but with a favorite book in the picture). This was the plan for taking the shelfie, sharing with parents, and encouraging reading in the classroom and at home.

    Where to Start

    I started the discussion with my students by introducing the idea, asking: “How many of you have a favorite book? How many of you have had lots of favorite books? How many of you can remember all the books you’ve enjoyed reading? Wouldn’t it be neat if we could have a picture of you with your favorite book or books that you could look at now and then? With technology today, I think we can!"

    I asked the kids if they knew what a selfie is. After a few students responded, I explained the plan of taking a selfie, but including a favorite book in our hands and creating "shelfies."

    Preparation

    Once students knew what we were going to create, I asked them to fill in a writing piece about their shelfie using a template. They filled out their name and the name of their favorite book, along with the author's name, and two reasons why others should read the book. (We will use this introduction of opinion writing for a book review writing project that I will share more about in an upcoming post.)

    As they were writing, I pulled kids one at a time to capture their shelfie.

    The picture will be used as the cover of their holiday card to parents, along with a handwritten letter on the inside about their concrete and abstract holiday wishes (tune in next week for this post), and my homeroom book list filled with all the titles shared by our class. 

    Encouraging More Reading

    I add our whole class list of shelfie titles because many of the kids were intrigued by what their classmates shared. They wanted to read their classmates' books as well.

     

    The card and the shelfie offer me an opportunity to encourage parents to share the love of reading with their child and to encourage them to choose books that their kids might find interesting. The letter I send home shares ideas with parents on how to read with their child, and where they can find special offers and discounts for buying books during the holiday season, such as the Scholastic Store sale. (As readers and friends, I also share this one with you!)

    Parents get to hold on to a memory of a special book at a specific time in their children's lives. Students share their treasures and find new loves in books that were shared by their classmates. It’s a win-win!

    How do you encourage reading and the love of books in your classroom? I’d love to hear from you! 

     

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

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