Book clubs are a great way to get kids talking about books with one another and thinking more critically about what they read. This product contains three different ways to start book clubs in your classroom right away.
Kids love the idea of a club! To begin, if you have never done a book club, you may want to start with a “Talk and Trade” club. This is where one of the kids “hosts” a book club to talk about books on a single topic. For example, let’s say that one of your kids loves mysteries. S/he can host a club for kids who also love mysteries. S/he writes on the sign-up sheet (included here) that s/he is hosting a club for kids who want to talk about mystery books S/he also writes the date, time, and meeting place. Kids then sign up. On the assigned day, kids come prepared by bringing a mystery book they have read and completing the “Preparing for Talk & Trade Book Club” checklist. Also included is a sheet that scaffolds how to give a book talk on the book they have read so that they can speak intelligently about it. On the day of the club meeting, there are cards for the host and the club members that spell out how they are to conduct themselves during the meeting. These would be ideal when printed on colored cardstock and laminated. I would have the host card in a different color than the members. At the conclusion of the meeting, they can trade their books for a new one that had been shared. They also evaluate the group and their own participation. I always put a recording device (my phone) so that I can listen to it later. This makes them much more accountable. I have done this with first graders and up. This can be done with fiction or nonfiction books and there are checklists for both. I have also marked each with corresponding numbers and the same frames so you will know which ones go together.(checklists, sentence starters, and evaluations)
The last type of book club is a traditional book club where someone hosts a club with a book in mind. You could pick the books for them or let a child choose one that s/he wants to read with a group. Again, there is a sign-up, meeting time, and place. This club format allows the kids to set the pace of how much they will read and what their assignment will be. A “Book Club Planning Sheet” is included where kids write the date of the next meeting, pages to read by the next meeting, and what their assignment will be. There are also cards for roles and responsibilities for the host and the members. I would also copy on colored cardstock and laminate. The host role also rotates. The cards include discussion moves or talk stems, as well as ways for the host to start the meeting and ask questions to the group. The members also have ways to respond if they get stuck. At the conclusion of each meeting, the club does an evaluation both of the meeting itself, ways to improve, and evaluation of their own participation.
This is a great answer to what kids can be doing while you are meeting with another small group or guided reading group.
Here is what is included
2 posters for signing up for Talk and Trade (in color and black line)
2 posters for signing up for Book Club (traditional) in color and blackline
1 checklist for Book Club Planning- can be used for fiction or nonfiction
1 card for Hosting a Book Club-roles, responsibilities, and talking points
1 card for book club members:-roles, responsibilities, and discussion stems
1 evaluation form
1 card for hosting Talk & Trade
1 card for members of Talk & Trade
2 checklists for Talk & Trade “Preparing for Talk & Trade Book Club”; one for fiction; one for nonfiction
2 sentence starter sheets one for fiction and one for nonfiction to help facilitate a book talk
1 evaluation form for Talk & Trade
2 “What does good group discussion sound like?” cards; one in color and one in black and white to help keep the conversation flowing (talking stems)-This is in addition to the discussion moves on their host/member cards.
1 set of directions on how to turn a PDF into a poster for the sign-ups if you want them larger
3 banners to hang as a title for a bulletin board where you can add the sign-ups
“Book Love” red, pink and black & white
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Mini Bulletin Board for Comprehension Strategies
Conversation Posters K-2
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