After being in school for a month, the time has come.
Mrs. Cortez’s Book Club will officially begin next week. If you have ever thought of starting a book club with your students, just do it. Don’t hesitate. You will not be sorry.
I have been running a book club for the past 5 years with my 5th graders. Now that I have two periods, it might get a little crazy, but that’s ok. The pay off is too rewarding. I have the kids meet once a week before school. I select the first book which in the past has been Matilda, but since 4th graders read it last year, I changed it to Firegirl (an amazing book). The students then nominate and vote on the rest of the books we read for the year. *If a movie is made of the book, we usually schedule a time after school to watch it and compare it with the book. It’s awesome to hear the students say that the book is better than the movie, because that’s usually the case.
The students bring a mug for hot chocolate and we make a treat rotation schedule for doughnuts. I used to provide the hot chocolate, but that became too costly so now I ask the parents for donations. I pick up the slack when needed. And then…we just talk about the book. No assignments, no tests, no stress. Just a good book shared with good people. Amazing.
Until next time…
Click below to see the letter I send home to parents. Hope it helps so you don’t have to start from scratch.