All you need to do is set up a few tables, gather the books ahead of time (these can be a mix of fiction and nonfiction or just fiction or just nonfiction), create a scorecard, and have a timer (or watch/clock) available.
The participants start by picking a book that they would like to “meet.” They get about 3 minutes with that book to read the description and the first few pages.
I especially like that I can customize the boxes for the classes/grades that I have visiting.
And I LOVE that lots of book replenishing is needed after each class! What other tried and true activities do you use for the love of reading?
In 2011, our school received a generous gift, in honor of a longtime friend of the school, to create an ongoing speakers series.
The mission of this series is to bring to our campus thinkers and doers whose ideas challenge conventional wisdom and spark new thinking.
At the end of the 3 minutes, they fill out their score card and move to the next table. Example of a Speed Dating Score Sheet https://docs.google.com/viewer?
If they liked the book, they can take it to the next table with them.
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.
Looking for creative ways to engage your entire school—across grades and content areas—in learning? Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, created a project that did just that.
Even if you’re not lucky enough, like Evans was, to have extra money available, you’re sure to be inspired by this project.
So sit back, give this a read, get inspired, and start thinking now how to adapt it for your own school!
What started as a gift grew into an idea and blossomed across the school community.