Congratulations on making it to the end of another school year! Now it’s time to take a deep breath and celebrate all the work you and your students have done. These 4 activities give your students the opportunity to remember and celebrate the books they have grown to love this year through reflection and classroom interactions. These activities will be useful in any classroom that has a rich reading community and a well-used classroom library. Included:
Students make an accordion book to represent the books they have read this year. Space is provided for students to illustrate the book (or create a decorative title page) and to write briefly about it (a summary, quote, or reflection on the book). The book can be extended as far as students want, and can display as many books as they have read! In one of the subsequent activities, students view each other’s “miniature bookshelves” to get ideas for books they might like to read next year or over the summer.
”I Am A Library” Booklet
This 8-page, easy to print and assemble book includes several components, some to be completed independently, some to be worked on with classmates:
—Library Image: Students decorate the inside of “their library” to show what characters, symbols, settings and authors stand out to them among this year’s reading.
—Books that have made me: Using the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote as inspiration (“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten, even so, they have made me.”), students illustrate and write about books that have “made them” this year.
—Class Bookshelf/Friend’s Bookshelf: Students record the books they have read as a class, as well as books their friends have read. They can use this as a reference the summer reading page that comes later in the booklet.
—I’ve Read, Whose Read?: This is a game board that features the title of 30 popular books. Students walk around the room to get signatures from their classmates (you have to have read the book in order to sign). This portion is editable, so the teacher can fill the board with titles of particular interest to his/her students.
—Summer Reading Inspiration: Students look over the booklet as well as other student’s mini-bookshelves and write down ideas for what they might like to read this summer. An editable portion of this page allows the teacher to provide information about the nearest public library.
—Reading Accomplishments and Goals: Students reflect on their reading. The criteria listed on these pages helps students describe themselves as readers and set goals for next year.
“Guess Who?” Game
This is a fun game that starts off as a whole group activity and then splinters into a partner activity. The class brainstorms book characters that are well-known to them (from read alouds, novel studies, etc.). Independently, students choose 6 of the listed characters and illustrate them on their “Guess Who?” board. Divided into pairs, students give their partner hints (built around character inferences) about the characters on their game board.
Dear Classroom Librarian
Students fill out postcards addressed to the “Classroom Librarian.” This is their chance to express what they loved about the classroom librarian, and what books or organizational structures would improve it.