My fourth graders are spending some time these last few weeks of school building their to-read lists. I’m hoping that when they leave me in early June that they have lots of strategies to build their to-read lists, and a pile of books that they can read during the summer.
I have heard about book speed dating from multiple people on Twitter the last two years. I’m sure that I do it a little differently than other people. As long as kids are getting the opportunity to preview and talk about lots of different titles, book speed dating serves its purpose.
How we roll:
1. I place a giant stack of books at each table group.
When selecting books for book speed dating I try to find titles that:
Are in a series that not many students know about
Books that I am surprised not many students have found during the year
Favorite authors that my kids are not reading (Blume, Dahl, Cleary, etc.)
Lots and lots of nonfiction
Old favorites-books that kids loved at the start of the year
Old read alouds-I love including the books that my students teachers read aloud to them in third grade
2. Tell students my reasons for selecting the books (above)
- Add to our to read list
- Explore books that we might not usually explore
- Revisit old friends
4. Set the timer
After the time goes off students rotate to the next station.
After students have visited each station, I give students an opportunity to share with one book that they enjoyed previewing.