Monthly Archives: August 2012

help a fellow student out.



Activity: This is a great way to get your students and maybe family into reading. Everyone knows the that old saying – “never judge a book by its cover” – right? Well, I think too many people really do judge books by their cover. This is a way to get your students to share about books they have read.

The students will get a note card and write their name on it, they will write down the author, title, number of pages, a quick summary and any other information you want them to – maybe have them cite it to learn about the different formats and such of citing your resources.

Citing things is one of the hardest things for me to remember to do, and I am going to be a junior in college. I think it is because it was not a make or break thing growing up, when it should be. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO CITE THE BOOKS THEY ARE READING. But……. That is just my opinion.

This activity will help students learn, not only how to summarize and cite, but how to become a great reader. They will be able to share their likes and dislikes about different books and who they think may like to read them.

What to do: In your classroom – or house, where ever you are doing this – set up one of your bulletin boards. Set it up so there are two halves.

One half will be focused on what the students read, with the summary and all that good stuff on the note card.

On the other half they will be able to write to a specific person in the classroom. They will use their writing skills to explain to a classmate – or family member – why they think this would be a perfect read about the book.

Yes, I get this is a little different from the picture, but you always have to put your own spin on the things you do. You are the one who knows your students best, which way would interest them most?

This will get the students involved in each others reading and hopefully get them to read more.

Where to go: You can either do this with your in-class library, your school library, or even the public library! Public libraries are a wonderful resource. It shows the students there are so many more places to get information than just the internet.

Age level: This can go for any age level, you can always use that “sixth grade buddy” and they can do it with different partners.

EX: “Dear Chico and Sammy, we think you guys would love this book, it is about the history of baseball. We really liked the part about blah blah blah. Sincerely, Franky and Don-Don.” I think you get the gist of it.

My extra thoughts: First and foremost — You NEED to make sure you are putting your spin on everything you do! Bring out your creativity — The reason you became a teacher to begin with (hopefully).

Where I found this idea:


quick announcement.


Hello all! I am going to start trying something a little different. I will still post a picture and explain how to make/do the activities I find on so many different blogs, but I also want to go more in depth about how I would integrate this into my future classroom. There are so many useful resources out there, and I want to be another great resource for all of you. Feel free to let me know what you think, or give other insight. I love it all, and am always looking for more ways to improve and make my posts more helpful to you.