Book Recommendations and Reviews!
Getting kids to think about and talk about books they read are essential skills for developing critical thinking! This product is actual 3 in 1!
The first part allows you to survey your kids to find out what they currently love to read. This will not only help guide you in making sure you have a wide variety of genres but will help your kids to recommend books to one another once they know each other as readers. I have created a chart that you can also type their names and their current favorite book that can first be laminated and written on with a marker or typed on to allow you to periodically survey your kids.
The second part is all about reading books and rating them. This is so fun for them as I teach them about actual book reviewers and how they will be doing the same. Inside the product, I provided some links to kids' book recommendation sites you can use to show your kids. There is a 5-star rating system that you can also use with them and it is also available in black line so that your kids can keep a copy in their reading folders. I also teach the basics of writing a review and included is the Dos and Don'ts of reviewing. Again, this is also available in black line for your students to reference. I have included 3 forms that your kids can fill out once they have read a book. The form has them assign a star rating, a written review, and a recommendation, as well as identifying the genre associated with the book.
The kids can then put the review inside the book and put the book in a designated bin with the label "Rated and Reviewed" included as well.
The last part is always a favorite of my students and it is book recommendations. This makes a great bulletin board too. All you would need to additional provide is library card pockets with each student's name. The idea is that when kids know each other as readers they can select books they come across for each other or if they have read a book that they know a friend will like, they can use the markers included here to communicate with one another. They simply take a marker with and put it in their friend's library pocket. The card or marker tells them that a friend has a book for them that they think they will love.
The markers come in three colors and they can be personalized with a photo. I use photographs a lot as it is motivating for them. If you don't want to go that route, you can always use the generic copies where the kids just add their name. There are six choices featuring three different boys and three different girls.
Lastly, I included a poster that can be a part of the bulletin board if you choose to buy this product.
Here's what's included:
Classroom Genre Chart
Poster (template) to write or type kids favorite books or genres
3 forms for recommending books (clips are a boy, a girl, a boy, and girl)
5-star rating chart (color and black-lined)
Dos and Don'ts of Reviewing chart-color and black lined
label for basket "Rated and Reviewed"
Markers to personalize with a photo
6 markers that can be printed and used generically
Poster for bulletin board "I've got a book for you!"
Also, included is a way to turn the charts and graphs into posters if you don't have a poster maker at your school.
***NOTE: This is part of a larger bundle Mega Classroom Library Kit
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