It’s hard squeezing in all aspects of a media specialist’s job—book promotion, research skills, library skills, and more! Use this game to engage students while combining several of those skills!
After reviewing how to utilize the media center’s OPAC, students will use it to search for a book that they have previously read. Then, they will find the book on the shelf and write a short description of the plot. After that, the real fun begins! Students will try to “stump the librarian” by asking them to tell the class about the book’s plot. If the media specialist correctly identifies it in a short booktalk to the class, he or she gets a point. However, if a student picks a book unfamiliar to the media specialist, the class gets a point and the student gets to booktalk to the book to the class. Reviewing library skills + booktalking = motivating students to try new reads!
After completing the game, you can save the students' book review forms to include with book covers on a bulletin board. That way, you can extend the fun and introduce the books to even more students. The packet includes forms and signs for both "Stump the Librarian" and "Stump the Media Specialist" so you can use the one that you prefer.
This game is fun to use at the beginning of the year after reviewing finding books in the media center. By booktalking many reads in a short amount of time, you'll also help students find new titles to try throughout the year. Or, you can play the game right before summer vacation to inspire them to try something new on vacation!
This packet includes 6 pages:
-1 cover page
-1 directions page
-1 Stump the Librarian form
-1 Stump the Media Specialist form
-1 Stump the Librarian sign for a bulletin board
-1 Stump the Media Specialist sign for a bulletin board
I hope that you and your students enjoy this game!