Use this time to make some powerful book choices. Introduce your students to lovable characters or a new book series that they won't be able to resist. Reading aloud can be for enjoyment. Model your own love for reading....it's contagious!
I have to admit, hearing the students groan when I stop reading is one of my favorite things about reading aloud! You could start a wait list for students to borrow a read aloud when you're done, too!
Elementary students still value their teacher's opinion, but they are beginning to value what their peers have to say, too! Tap into this with peer book recommendations. You can set up a small area in your classroom for this. Just leave a stack of slips and a basket near the classroom library. Students can either hand deliver the slips to their peers or you can set aside a few minutes a week to read them aloud to build even more excitement.
Either way, the students will LOVE that a classmate thought about them and students will be curious about the book that was recommended. I call that a win-win situation! You can find the peer recommendation slips here.
For each student that donates a book, he or she can receive a raffle ticket. You can either do a drawing or allow students to shop with their ticket as their money. I have thrown in a few books purchased with Scholastic book points or from my classroom library just so every student has some choice (or to replace a donated book that isn't appropriate or isn't in good condition).
Use your Scholastic Book Order points and grab as many free books as you can. Books make great Christmas gifts or End-of-the-Year gifts.
I hope you'll be able to try at least one of these ideas with your own students.
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