Teen speed dating
I tell the kiddos: "No sitting down - to find true book love, sometimes you have to be quick on your feet & ready to pounce on the right book!
I’ve talked about this program in other places, but I wanted to share it with my new followers and have it somewhere I can easily refer to it.
Then you are straight into the exciting world of Speed Dating with your first date of the evening.
A bell sounds after five minutes and you record on your Speeding Ticket if you would like to meet the person again.
To get ready, I take a book cart around first the fiction area, grabbing armfuls of favorite, popular, and good looking books, grouping some by genre like my Teen, realistic novels, and Bluford High series.
You may want to vary the time depending on the fluency of your readers.Three minutes seemed like a good amount of time for most teens to get a feel for the book.At the end of the three minutes I gave them a minute to write down the title and author if they want to read more, and made sure that they knew it’s wasn’t a big deal if they didn’t.Srsly, the video above saves your voice, time, is a partial flip addition, and it adds extra cheese to the lesson. ) Choose a few books, write short provocative blurbs on oversized post-it notes and rubber band em up! Let the cooperating ELA to Reading teacher wander around making suggestions or pointing out a "good lookin possibility! " It's OK if you're already in a committed reading relationship - I don't want you to cheat on book you've already checked out! I know there are a LOT more ways to do this and some of my favorite teacher librarians do even more intricate dating and book set ups. Besides, let me make a fool of myself with the cheezy delivery and you can just sit back and roll your eyes with the kiddos. ;-) Laminate some butcher paper book covers with cuts out on the back for bar codes! (I deliberately chose books I had several of copies of that I hid on a cart- so that if they were checked out I didn't have to do all the work over again - pop in the next copy! Switching a lot means that kiddos keep moving, talking, and it creates a sense of urgency. "After a couple turns I'll call out that the first 6 kiddos checking out books will get a scratch and sniff bookmark and then they can go, put up their feet, read their new book and hang out in our READING LOVE LOUNGE. ") To the kiddos: "Don't want to check out a book today? I'm not gonna to force you - I just want you to see what's out there! " LOL I'll then ask the cooperating teacher now to help out with the timer as I scoot over to the circ desk and check out the books. Esp, if I don't have a media asst there or a parent volunteer available- and most times, I don't [sad face]) The last round the kiddos can go anywhere in the library to find that "just right" book and then-- in the space of about 15 min almost every kid has a book & they're all smiles!