Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spark Student Motivation:Popcorn and a Book!

Who needs POPCORN AND A MOVIE when you can have POPCORN AND A BOOK??!!

I thought of this idea when I presented parents with ideas to get their children excited about reading at home. Then the other day I thought...why not try it in our classroom? I selected a book I wanted to be my "FEATURE PRESENTATION" to share with my class. I made these signs to post on the door as a surprise and to get my students excited when they walked in to our classroom.
NOW SHOWING: The Day the Crayons Quit
STARRING: Drew Daywalt (author)

As soon as they came back, smiles and curiosity spread through our line!

I set up these popcorn bags with our "feature presentation" to get the feel of seeing a movie. As soon as my students saw these, they couldn't wait! (I'm not sure I'd use the bags every time I have Popcorn and a Book, but it was cute for its first appearance! Warning: The bags are kind of noisy when you're reading.)
 After explaining all about Popcorn and a Book and the procedures for our viewing, we got started. The Day the Crayons Quit was a perfect read aloud for this event because it's so funny and kids love this book!
 Some procedures or tips you may want to discuss if you'd like to plan this event:
  • Students: Open your bag completely (can be folded down) so you can quietly put your hand in and out without disturbing the reader.
  • Students: No drinks until the end (they will get thirsty with popcorn).
  • Students: Use good table manners when eating. :)
  • Teacher: If you have an audio enhancer or microphone it's very helpful when they're all chewing and digging in their bags.
  • Teacher: Choose an appropriate length and exciting book so you can keep their attention and they won't want to get up to get a drink.  

 This was a special treat! I enjoyed it as much as my students did! This isn't something I would use daily or weekly, but probably once a month. Making reading exciting and motivating is so FUN for me too! When end of the year burn out is edging its way in, this is the perfect motivator for ALL!!
I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. I think this is awesome! What a great way to introduce any book/topic! I can see my middle schoolers totally getting into this and I need all the help I can get now that we are into "testing season" - 5 weeks worth!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  2. Love it! When did you make all the popcorn? A good job for a volunteer if you have one. :)
    Simple Insights

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  4. What a great blog! I'm enjoying going back through it and reading everything. Do you happen to have a copy of your popcorn signs you used on the door? Thank you!!

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