Saturday, August 22, 2015

Spark Student Motivation: Teacher Selected Book Recommendations

It's my last weekend of summer! I hope you're enjoying your Saturday, summer, or new school year!
It's time to Spark Some Student Motivation!

Our Meet the Teacher is the Thursday before school starts. Even though my students know me because I'm looping with them to 5th grade, I wanted to make their "meet the teacher" special with a new book selection. Of course, I continued with my book addiction shopping this summer and found some new finds to share with my students. (I had to buy another bookcase this's a problem!) My dream classroom would be in the media center-that's the kind of space I need!

 I created little note cards and placed them with the book I chose for them to start reading this weekend. (I printed them as photos-nice color and less expensive). They were excited to see a book waiting for them on their desks. When they walked in they said, "Ooooh, look what book I got!, Do I get to take this book home? Yes! I saw this book at the store and wanted to read it!" And, naturally, I had a couple who asked, "Do I have to finish this book this weekend?" I assured them and their parents they didn't have to finish it, but I'd like them to get a good start so we can start independent reading time immediately on Monday!

My hope as a "Book Pusher" is that my students will continue to love reading, being read to, finding new books, and pushing books on others!

I based my selections on their likes, interests, and reading ability. Now this could be done any time of the year, not just before school starts! I plan on doing this each time I get a new book and wanting someone in my class to read it. I think the personalized note makes them feel a little obligated to at least try it out! :)

Even the first week of school you can learn a lot about your students likes and interests using my Back to School Scoot Freebie. Use this information to make decisions about book selections for your students.
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 love this idea! Putting it in my toolbox for later this year when I know my kiddos! Great idea to print the notes as photos. They look amazing! So inviting and such a great idea :)


  2. This is a great BTS idea! I usually do this over Christmas break, which reminds me I need to start checking my Scholastic points. Have a great weekend my friend. :)
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  3. This is such a thoughtful gift for your students. I hope you have a great school year! Your students are so lucky to loop with you.

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  4. I LOVE this idea! I hope you have a great year looping up with your kids!

  5. So cute! Any chance you would be willing to make these editable in your TPY store??

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  7. I love this idea and will give it a try a little later in the year. There are some definite benefits to starting off the school year knowing your students so well.

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