Teen speed dating

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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.

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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!

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