How do we build a love of literacy in our classrooms? Do our students know how important it is to us that all of our children love reading? We all have our favorite subjects to teach, and we may even say or think, “Well, I’m not really a reader,” or, “I’m a math person.” As hard as we try, we may pass these messages on to our students. Gasp! Having preferences is natural, but it’s important as teachers that we do all we can to help children find books they love and build lifelong reader habits.
A Book a Month Project
First of all, all students can participate, and in a way, it provides them with additional small group time.
Secondly, we know conversation builds enthusiasm and engagement. Kids in upper elementary need to talk, and having a shared experience with a book builds wonderful memories.
With book clubs, you can also work in accountability. You can run your clubs using reciprocal teaching where each student has a specific job or role such as these on the right OR you can provide your students with a response to reading form that must be turned in after the group meets. Below, you’ll find a subscribers only resource I created for book clubs. I hope you’ll find the set helpful in planning.
Finally, book clubs can assist students in making connections with their peers in the classroom. Students learn who has the same reading preferences as themselves, and from there, they can make book recommendations to each other.
And one more point…book clubs make reading fun.
- Send out notes via your school newsletters and to your parents that you are in need. Many parents clean out bookshelves and enjoy donating books to teachers.
- Check out yardsales. Most books in my library were purchased at yardsales for a quarter a piece.
- Make requests for the use of Title 1 funding to support reading at home.
- Donor’s Choose is another great source of funding. A well written proposal with photos is sure to get funded.