Reading Week activities were designed to get kids reading and writing. One of my favorites was a Book Buffet. This idea came from Education World's Celebrate Children's Book Week website. The idea is simple and an easy way to get kids thinking about other books to read. Don't we all have a difficult time getting kids to choose books once they are finished reading one? I do, let alone getting kids to think ahead about their reading. The Book Buffet allows students to view several books in a short amount of time. Here's a quick breakdown of the Book Buffet:
- Have several books from different genres on hand from the library.
- Give students 3-5 minutes with a book. During that time, they look through the book and read what they can.
- When time is up, students choose another book to read.
- This continues for as long as you wish.
This is a great way to expose students to different types of books and get them thinking about what they can read next. There was so much excitement in the air in the fifth grade class. They moaned almost every time we told them time was up! If you try it or have other ideas, please post them!