Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Speedbooking is back!

We are always looking for new ways to introduce students to library books that they might enjoy.  Although "speedbooking" is not a new activity for Pioneer, we have found that it is a great way to expose students to a wide variety of books that they might be interested in reading.

The premise of speedbooking is simple.  Students are given a few minutes to visit with a book.  After recording the title, author's name, and call number, students then write down their opinions of the book and decide if the book is something that they would be interested in reading.  The student then moves on to review the next book in the activity.  After speedbooking is over, students have a listing of lots of different books in the library that they might be interested in reading.

This year, Mrs. Asquith and Mrs. Rice brought down their fifth grade ELA students to participate in speedbooking as part of their nonfiction unit.  Students viewed many different nonfiction books about a variety of topics.

Extreme focus during speedbooking.

The Body Science book was very popular.

A happy speedbooking customer.

Students visiting with a wide variety of nonfiction books.

Students in Mrs. Rice's classes liked the book about China.
One of the most interesting parts about speedbooking is finding out which books and topics are most interesting to students.  This year, students really enjoyed the pop-up books about bugs and dinosaurs.  Body Science was a highly sought after title.  Lots of books about dogs, hunting, babysitting, and origami were also checked out during speedbooking.

Bugs was an extremely popular book!

Speedbooking is also a great chance for students to continue to hone their library skills.  After the speedbooking activity is over, students are then invited to check out a book from the nonfiction section of the library.  Speedbooking reinforces the concept that the call numbers correspond to particular subjects.  For instance, if a student enjoyed a dog book during speedbooking, their speedbooking packet would show them that all of the library's dog books would be located in the 636 section.
Students (and Mrs. Rice!) use library skills to find the books they are looking for.
After books were selected, students were able to curl up in a comfy spot and begin reading.  We're hoping to see a lot more of the fifth grade students as they continue their adventures in nonfiction!
The saucer chairs are a favorite reading spot in the library.

The book about states and capitals was a popular speedbooking selection, too.

Dogs are always an exciting topic!

Students enjoying the reading nook in the library.

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