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Genre Challenge
Old 06-21-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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This summer I am working on a program for next school year that will be a genre challenge. Our students (k-5) will be challenged to read a book from a different genre each month. I am trying to come up with suggested reading for k-2 and for 3-5. They don't have to choose from the list, but it will help those who are not sure what they should read. I am, however struggling with ideas for books and it is taking me a long time to search internet lists, etc. So, I need your help! Here is my genre listing: history, poetry, mystery, science fiction, adventure, fantasy, biography, animal stories, and humor. If you have a favorite picture book or chapter book that you could suggest for any of these genres, please let me know! I would really appreciate your help. If I am not in the right place for this message, please direct me to the right place! Thanks!


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Old 06-21-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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I am going to stick to 3-5...

History: I assume you mean Historical Fiction...
George Washington's Socks

Poetry:
Paul Revere's Ride
Hiawatha
Shell Silverstein

SciFi:


Adventure:
Hatchet
Zach's Lie
Peak
Alex Rider series
Summer of the Monkeys

Fantasy:
Gregor series
Artemis Fowl
Charlie and the Choc Factory

Animal stories:
Pond Scum
Trumpet of the Swan
Bunnicula
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thanks Dr.Suess Fan I hadn't thought of some of those! Keep 'em coming!!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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We used book scouts one year. We did it from k-4. It was so much fun!!!
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I love the idea about book scouts. I'll talk to the teachers in 3-5 about this. One of the problems we had last year was the fact that the kids didn't want to read different genres. Our state assessment next year will be totally different. We are going to have to expose the kids to different genres. Thank you for the wonderful idea. I guess I'm going to have to talk to the librarian about this as well.


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Old 06-21-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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We did not have a problem at all with students sticking to one genre. The students were very excited to get their badges. We all posted these on our hallway bulletin boards so everyone could see. We then finished off the unit with a reading camp. We had teachers reading different genres to students in various tents. It was fun!
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Thank you for a such great resource! I want to emerge the fourth graders into a genre study throughout the school year.....this is wonderful!!
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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This year I did have bookmarks with all the genres listed on them (they were a hand me down but I think they were from the typical teacher store possibly really good stuff??) but the kids had the ability to choose the books they wanted within it. It really helped them to differentiate, plus it got them reafing non-fiction which is rare! I used their AR tests to check that each was covered.
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I love this idea
Old 06-25-2011, 05:24 AM
 
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at my school we are thinking about doing a book club for the younger kids.. this just might be something that we can incorporate.. thanks.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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I absolutely love your Book Scouts idea!!!!!!!!! You've really put a lot of work into this. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Old 06-27-2011, 04:47 AM
 
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I LOVE this idea! We are departmentalizing 4th grade next year and I will be teaching reading. I've been looking for something to encourage students to read different genres. I hope my students are as excited about this as I am! Thanks so much for sharing!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:19 AM
 
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Thanks so much for sharing this! I teach 5th grade so I'm not sure I'm going to actually use it but I love that they included recipes, joke books, magazines, and newspapers.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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I love this idea... it doesn't take away from personal choice either.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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I really like the idea of Book Scouts! We do AR, but I can see it working along with the Book Scouts (might even make AR more than just a point thing for my 5th graders). Thanks for sharing.
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I did a 40 book challenge
Old 07-22-2011, 06:16 AM
 
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a la "Book Whisperer" last year. Although many did not get to 40 books, EVERY student read more than in previous years. Because I suggested various genres, many students expanded their reading repetoire to include them. I didn't force them to read a particular book but left it to them.
Here is the 40 book challenge I will use this year that I adapted from Donalyn Miller's "Book Whisperer". I tried to include various "bins" from our classroom library.
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SALUTE to Book Scouts
Old 08-01-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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I love it too!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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missbrooks, thanks for the template.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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I think this is a fantastic idea. I teach 4th grade and would love to implement this for the school year. How do the students document their reads? Are they required to answer questions, give a short summary, etc. just curious.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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I also read the Book Whisperer, and decided to follow a 30 book challenge instead of the 40 book challenge. I teach 5th grade and our 6th grade teacher was doing the 40 book challenge, so I decided to get them started a year early and do 30 instead of 40. I was really impressed with kids who said they hated to read but read a lot more books than they typically would have. I look forward to using this again this year, because I truly feel it gets them to branch outside of the books they normally read and encourages them to find books they enjoy reading.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing all of the details and info needed to begin using this porgram.
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wow I love the book scouts idea, it incorporates so many ideas of working as a team, individual responsibility and working toward a goal that I am trying to instil in my students, especially the younger ones.

I think that I will be implementing this with my 2nd -4th graders. Last year I introduced all of the genres right before February and then had them try to read a book from each genre that month and they just filled out a chart. I think this will be much more fun and appealing and then maybe end it in February with the whole school camping theme at the end like we usually put together.

Maybe the students will work for all the badges and then forms that they fill out for the genres after the badge they can put into a cooler or something where prizes can be chosen from.

I have camp chairs already since my theme is stars and my reading area is reading under the stars. This will be fun!! THANK YOU!!
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Fantastic resources. I will give them a go and post back how it went thank you
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I am so impressed with what you have put together. Thank you for your willingness to share this with us!
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