Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Book Club for 5th Graders

Getting together to discuss a book is not always easy.  Should you discuss each chapter? Should you discuss each character? How many different ways can you ask "What was your favorite part of the book"?

And then there is the fact that this book club is for 10 and 11 year olds and they will tell you exactly what they think should be happening when they get together!

I confess I do not have any experience with book clubs and preteens but at the same time I did not want to require them to do book reports, vocabularies, grammar review, etc. I really just wanted them to enjoy good books and share.

One book was assigned per month and then we met on a Friday morning for a 90 minute activity and yummy snacks. Here is a list of the books that they've read so far and the latest one at the very end.

Eating chocolate candy while discussing the book was a real treat!
The video at the top of this post is a commercial they made for this book...
Each participant brought an item that reminded them of something in this book.

Big words, characters with "weird" names - pure fantasy!

Solving mysteries is no joke - they had to unravel one together and they almost ran out of time!

This book will be discussed in May.  I hope they enjoy it!

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