How to Incorporate Free-choice Reading with Older Students

Inspired by the speed dating scene in New York where single people met potential dates over a brief, timed conversation and ranked them, speed dating books is a way for students to quickly put their hands on several books in order to find one of interest. To kick off each semester, my students speed date books. When we arrive in the library, several books are arranged on tables and students find a table and sit with their guided note page. I set the timer for anywhere between two to four minutes depending on the students, and the book dating begins. Students make notes on first impressions of the cover, the inside jacket blurb, and possibly even the first paragraph or two. The timer buzzes signaling students to move to another table and start the process with another book.

Keeping Them Reading: Speed Dating with a Book

Flirt, woo, and start a relationship with a book! A: Since this activity works no matter the size of your classroom library, you can start in a couple different ways. If I want them to speed date with all of the books, like on the first day of class, I have the kids pull books themselves, but I ask them to grab a specific blend of genres.

I have these pre-printed and always up-for-grabs in my classroom, so if a kid fills their list, they can get a new one independent of me. This helps kids find books that we previously talked about.

I feel like middle school is one of those key times in life where many students either take the path to become a life-long reader or not. So I try.

I know many teachers have tried some version of this activity. First, we formed two circles, one inside the other. One circle faced outward. The other faced inward. Students stood in front of one another, and I with the easy job stood with the timer and the camera. We talked books for as many minutes as it took for every student to talk one-on-one with every other student. It was exhausting. And wonderful. Every student wrote down at least one book.

Some wrote down several. I teach juniors in high school. Before this year, most of my students did not consider themselves readers.

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One way I have fostered a love of books in my classroom is by allowing my students to read for 10 minutes at the beginning of each class. I prioritize this time more than any other time during my minute class. We never skip it…ever.

Book Speed Dating. Common Core State Standard Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and.

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As more and more teachers are building choice reading time into their daily classroom schedules, making a variety of books available to a diverse group of students can be challenging. After making the jump, I quickly realized that I needed a way to keep a variety of books for selection in front of my students. The goal is to get the right book in the hands of students while protecting reading time as much as possible.

Here are a few suggestions for introducing students to books and creating a literacy-rich environment. When we arrive in the library, several books are arranged on tables by our media center specialists based on information I have given them about the class.

Dating books in high school? What? In looking for ways to celebrate Library Lover’s month in February, I decided to jump on the Book Speed.

Berkeley High teacher Mrs. Megan Minkin ponders every day on how she can get students to read more. Her desire to get her students reading in an attempt to enforce critical thinking, improve writing and etc. Minkin said the goal was to prove to students that there are books out there that will captivate their interest. She found that by comparing the books to dates, the teens in her high school class were able to find books that made them want to read.

I gave them a few minutes to read once the activity was over. During the five minutes they had to read after the activity, every single kid had a head in a book. When I told them time was up, several even had a hard time closing their books. Before beginning the lesson, Mrs. Some of the activities and lesson plans are unique and originate with our teachers while others are adopted from other educators. Skip to Main Content.

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Book Speed Dating for Valentine’s Day!

Like Like. Next school year, I hope! Would you please do a tour of your classroom as it is now, explaining some of the displays on your walls. I think I remember from a previous tour that your favorite quotes are taped on your cupboard doors. Do you have a word wall?

Here at Ashley Ridge, our librarians have put together a fun, simple activity to get English students excited to read young adult (YA) books. It’s called Speed.

I’m planning a blind date theme for February. I’m really excited about this event as I don’t think the students have been part of anything like this! New and exciting! That’s what my goal is for this year : – Krys. I’m so glad! I love this idea of Speed Dating with Books!

Building Our To-Read Lists: Book Speed Dating

I know this is a rare feat, especially in the secondary setting, but I am not exaggerating. Speed dating is the real deal. It tricks students into learning and will make your teacher heart warm and fuzzy inside. The best part is that this lesson model is so versatile that you can find a creative way to use it for just about anything!

Book “speed dating” is a great activity to do at the beginning of the year or a hashtag that features reading and their classroom, school, or county. year at John Ruhrah Elementary and Middle School, co-teachers Darene.

Mixing up his choice in reading, junior Jainam Manot participates in Speed Book Dating where he gets a glimpse of a few different books then chooses his favorite to continue reading. Abby Wang , Guest Contributor March 4, After repeating the process four times, students check out their favorite of the four. It is a hands-on experience getting to see the books, hold them, and read the front covers.

It is def more effective seeing how Ms. Hamilton set it up, engages the students, makes it seem more exciting to try out new books. Using this method for choosing books is helpful for students who may typically read a certain genre.

Speed Dating with Books

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