Are you looking for a great way to include parents in your classroom? Do you want your students engaging in high-level thinking using evidence from what they have read? Do you ever feel like you don't have enough time to do all of these things in your classroom?
This is your answer!
Once students have read and recorded five books in my classroom, I enlist the help of a parent volunteer to interview each student about those books. My goal with students is that they are reading 30 books during the school year, so this parent is often quite busy!
The volunteer parent looks at the list of books completed, chooses at least three books they want to interview the student regarding, and then selects carefully constructed questions from a list I provide to ask them. Parents rate the students for each questions based on their understanding and ability to analyze the book. Then, kids see me for prizes.
It's a win for kids, a win for me, and a win for parents who want to do more than cut and paste!