Here's the basic gist of the Movie Book Club:
- I'd pick an age-appropriate book that was also made into an age-appropriate movie.
- I'd give the kids a deadline by which the book had to be read and the AR quiz had to be passed (if you don't have AR, you could just make a quick 10 question quiz that students can take to prove they read the book).
- Those students who read the book by the deadline would be invited to stay after school one day and watch the movie. They'd bring their pillows and a bag of popcorn with them to school that day and we'd watch the movie while I did my after-school paper grading and lesson planning.
A few ways you can make this work in your room:
- Instead of doing it after school, you could offer to let the kids eat lunch in the room and watch it over three days.
- Send home a parent permission slip if the movie is PG or higher. No point in upsetting parents by making it a surprise.
- Make the book your read-aloud book that you do with the kids and spend a few minutes each day reading it to them. Then the whole class can watch the movie.
- Instead of taking the AR quiz, you could have students write a short book report- we need to slip in a little writing practice when we can, am I right?
If you need help coming up with some book/movie combos to use, check out this list of 150 books that have been turned into movies.
What fun things do you do to encourage reading in your room?
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