Need more books for your classroom library? Have a book shower! Back to school is the perfect time to set the tone for class reading and expectations. It's also a great time to try and stock the class library. A Book Shower can be a fun way to get your students' parents to donate books.
Although this is the perfect activity to do the first week or so back to school, it really can be done any time throughout the year.
What is a Book Shower? A book shower is sort of like a baby shower, but instead of gifting the mother, you are gifting the teacher. Instead of giving wrapped baby gifts, you are giving wrapped books. Why so the kids wrap them? Because it is fun and exciting for the kids. The anticipation of seeing what book comes next is part of the fun. The books do not have to be new books. They can be gently used books. They can come from thrift stores, garage sales or even your basement. Parents can feel free to donate more than one book. A book that your one child is tired of reading may become another child’s new favorite book.
It is a fun way to help you build a classroom library.
So, what's included?
* a note from ME. Why is it written from me? I sometimes think parents are more likely to participate in things when they think it is more like a 'program' and not just the teacher asking for things. My note explains in a very nice way that teachers tend to spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to stock a class library. Because I have my masters in reading and literacy, I thought that might sound more 'convincing' to parents..... whatever it takes, right? :-). I include in the letter how important it is to have books on hand.
*An editable (editable means that text can be added) invitation that also asks for an edible treat to be sent in. After all, a book shower needs treats (just like a baby shower). Just open the file and insert text boxes. Pick your favorite font.
*An editable (editable means that text can be added) thank you card for you to send home after the shower. Just open the file and insert text boxes. Pick your favorite font. You can also hand write these if you prefer.
Your students are sure to find this activity fun!! Add some streamers to the room, throw a table cloth over the table, and even get a cake that says, "BOOK SHOWER"... wow. How fun is this going to be!!
This is sure to get your kids off on the right foot when it comes to getting excited about reading.
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