The other secondary librarians in the district and I decided we wanted to try our hand at making a podcast that focused on various aspects of the library. Our first episode (September 2020) focused on books we had recently read and were excited to share with others. Check it out below!
Every year, the library does an introduction to the Golden Sowers (the books that are our state award nominees). I personally like to make this into some sort of a game for the kids, because straight up lecturing and just summarizing the books isn't always my jam. In the past I have done games that are similar to "Apples to Apples" and "Memory." This year, I created a board game that had elements of pictionary, apples to apples, and charades.
Before we played the game, I gave all the kids handouts with the cover of the book, a summary, and the AR information for each title. We went through these briefly and the students were able to use these during the game.
Here are the directions I had at the front of the room:
Each team had the following materials:
Set of Cards
2 Game Pieces
Individual White Boards
Dry Erase Marker
Sample playing cards and a copy of the game board.
The kids REALLY enjoyed this game. If I did it again, I *might* take our or change the Playlist option, only because this one was really difficult for some of them. We were also able to do with our distance learners. For that, we had two teachers/hosts in the Zoom meeting for the day and put the kids into teams. One teacher rolled the dice and moved the game pieces, while the other teacher sent individual messages to the student who was up, letting them know which title they had. All kids on the Zoom were engaged, especially since they had the chance to steal the point.