Book Clubs for Kids! - My fifth grade students love book club! The reason they love book club – they get to read and talk about the books they love. I’ve learned through many years of trial and error if you give a student a packet loaded with comprehension questions or even open ended essay type questions the student will only read to find answers. The best way to get kids to REALLY read is to have them write their own questions. This format is easy for the teacher and fun for the students.
Book clubs work great for fast finishers, kids that need to work on their reading stamina or as structured read-to-self. My students’ book clubs are not their guided reading groups. Guided reading groups are skill and/or level dependent. While book clubs are based on the students’ interests with some subtle guidance from me. Book clubs can have from 2-4 kids (I’ve found more than four makes it hard for the group to stay together.) In the beginning I meet with each book club regularly to model how to write questions, monitor their progress and to train the clubs. My goal is for each club to work with minimal guidance from me. This frees me up to work with guided reading groups.
On or above grade level – Print:
*One Title Page
*One or more Question Stem pages (I’ve included a few, you can alternate or find one you like or use them all. Another alternative is to print and laminate the Question Stem pages, rather than including them in each packet.)
*One Novel Vocabulary page – I like to challenge my kids to find at least 10 new (novel) words per book.
*As many ruled lined pages (multiple line widths are included) as you think the kids will need, base this one how many “chunks” you think they’ll read and how many questions you’d like them to write. For example a 200 page book would be 5 or 6 “chunks,” for each chunk I want them to write 5 questions. I would print out 6 lined pages. More pages can be added if needed.
At or below grade level – (I’ve also used these pages for a whole group lesson to model question writing.) Print:
*One Title Page
*A variety of lined pages with questions stems included.
*One Novel Vocabulary page – Depending on the text, I may write in vocabulary words I’d like the kids to find.
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