Form a Club
Idea by Cara Grebner, a 6th Grade Teacher, in Lincoln University, PA.
To encourage students to read over the summer, I help them begin to plan a summer book club. Whether students choose a title from a required book list, or they agree on a title of their own choosing, I recommend helping students set a date by which they should have the book read, as well as a place and time for them to meet. (You can enlist parents’ help with this.)
Students love to discuss a book by summarizing, asking questions, making connections, etc. If a book is also a movie, suggest they pick a date to watch the movie, then compare and contrast the book to the movie. Another idea is to encourage individual students to find a book buddy to read along with. Either way, come fall, encourage children to report back to you about how it all went.
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