I've been inspired by a few recent friends' posts to get involved with Ruth Ayers' Celebrate Link Up, #celebratelu. This week I would like to spend a little time celebrating ... Book Orders!
Our school participates in Scholastic Book Orders, which are run and organized by the parents (thank you, thank you!). My third graders get very excited about book orders, and the day the order forms are placed in mail boxes there is always a flurry of excitement and spontaneous book conversations. It's a joy to watch, especially when kids come running up to me to point out a book we shared in class or another book by an author we've studied.
This week, a parent dropped off my book order books right at the beginning of our writing period. We are currently working on memoirs, so several students took this as inspiration to write some of their own thoughts about book orders and about the agony of waiting for books. I am delighted to share some of their infectious joy with you too! (I also sent these scans to our parent volunteers.)
At the end of April book orders were due and I was waiting and waiting and waiting x100 & still waiting and I got so tired of waiting until they finally came Monday, May 11 2015 (that is today), and I am very happy.
This student (below) has been exploring the use of haiku for memoirs for a few days now, so it was natural that he would try and express his thoughts about the book orders in haiku. The Spanish was a bit of a surprise bonus!
The final entry I'd like to share was from a student who had eagerly snatched up one of the books that I had ordered for the class library: Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo.
I love how totally of her own accord she decided to do some previewing of the book and then share her thoughts in her writing notebook. I look forward to checking back in with her as she gets further along in the book!
For the curious, the rest of my Book Order haul included Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, and two new books in the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. None of them made it into the classroom library, as all of them were claimed by students.
How often do we stop and marvel at the wonder that is new books?
Diane has the Poetry Friday round up over at Random Noodling.