Do you want to host a book tasting? It’s a great activity to introduce new books or genres to students, in which students spend a few minutes browsing an individual book to get a “taste” of it before deciding if they want to read it. To make the event even more appealing, I’ve created a BOOK TASTING KIT that you can borrow from me anytime! The kit comes in a picnic basket,
and it includes all of these supplies:
With these supplies, you can transform your room into a restaurant: tablecloths, placemats, fake flowers, “candle” light, jazzy music, chef or waiter costume, etc. And who doesn’t love a costume?! Actually, I know of plenty of people who don’t, so the costume part is entirely optional. 🙂
Here’s a video that Ms. Fritz and I made to help you understand what a book tasting is:
After getting a taste of some books, students will hopefully have books that they want to read. They can record their favorites from the book tasting on a bookmark,
“Books to Read” list in your 2nd or 3rd grade Reader’s Notebook,
or your 4th or 5th grade Reader’s Notebook.
I’m hoping to have CSS film an actual book tasting to give you the real flavor of the event! In the meantime, borrow my Book Tasting Kit to host this event in your room soon!
Man, I love a word wall. I always thought I did a good job with word walls because they easily covered close to half of my classroom wall space. Then I saw this image from an article in an issue of Science and Children called, “Interactive Word Walls” by Julie Jackson and Rose Narvaez:
The word wall of my dreams! My brain exploded with both envy and inspiration! However, the closest I thought I could get to creating a realia-filled word wall of my own was showing it to as many teachers as possible and convincing one to do it in their rooms.
Thinking about my new office though, I realized I had PLENTY of wall space to create this masterpiece! So over the next several weeks, I’ll be brainstorming and gathering realia associated with literacy for my very own interactive word wall, complete with QR codes and student work.
What literacy words do you associate with each letter of the alphabet? Comment! I’m low on J, K, O, Q, X, Y, and Z, especially.
My family lives close to An Unlikely Story, the amazing book store owned by the author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney. When they announced that author, Kate DiCamillo, would be visiting the bookstore, we signed up right away. Unfortunately, so did MANY other people. *We* were put on the standby list. On the third floor. “Oh, great,” I thought. “I’m never going to meet one of my favorite authors of all time.” But we waited anyway.
Mr. Kinney gave a presentation to entertain us while we waited, and we loved seeing Calvin and Hobbes as one of his inspirations. But it still wasn’t the reason I was there — to see one of my favorite authors of all time.
Instead of being in a room of 200+ fans and Ms. DiCamillo, we were front and center in a room of less than thirty people!
I even got to ask her a question!
Later, when she signed our books, she asked, “Who’s this?” while pointing to our baby. When I told her Sam Grey, she replied, “Sam Grey wearing grey…this sounds like a name an author should borrow for a future character!” I told her, “Please do!”
On our way out, we couldn’t resist thanking Mr. Kinney for a wonderful event and for bringing this amazing bookstore to our (greater) community.
Go to An Unlikely Story soon! You won’t regret it, but your wallet might!
For assignment #7, Potterheads created birthday cards for Harry. Harry would’ve LOVED these!
Payton’s birthday card for Harry:
John’s birthday tidings for Harry:
Charlie’s birthday wish for Harry:
Killian’s birthday greetings:
All of these photos of HBB and MKG students getting onto their own, homemade Platform 9 3/4s are INCREDIBLE! I love each one–SO creative in its own way! Thank you, Potterheads and Potterhead families for creating some photo magic for our entertainment!
These pics are one of the highlights of the summer for sure. In fact, I just created a new category for blog posts: “Ms. Vigna’s faves.” This post is the first to be classified there. Bravissimo, Potterheads!!