Today's blog post is by Becky Condon, media coordinator from Fair Grove Elementary.
Last year when I arrived at Fair Grove Elementary I inherited two book clubs that had already been established. I have hosted book clubs and have belonged to several over the years, so the concept was not new to me but I didn’t know what to expect from fourth and fifth graders. I was hopeful that these book clubs would be enjoyable and beneficial for our students. I never believed they would become my favorite media activity! Here’s how the book clubs work:
Students in 4th and 5th grade have the opportunity to participate in one or both after-school book clubs: the “Book Ninjas” or the “Mighty Kids”. One book is assigned per month and students will meet after school from 2:30-3:30. (Currently, we are offering the club meetings six times per year (October & November; January & February; April & May.) We have book discussion and activities; a craft; and snack. The focus is, of course, reading AND fun.
Students are encouraged to choose the club that reflects their reading interests. Although each club has its own unique book lists, they are not gender exclusive. Book Ninjas tend to be high interest adventure books and Mighty Kids features books with positive messages and characters with diverse capabilities.
Book Ninjas and Mighty Kids have become my favorite activity! It is so exciting to experience students reading and loving it!
For more information check out our web site/book clubs @ http://fges.davidson.k12.nc.us/departments/media_center/book_clubs.
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