Filling Our Bags
- Every student gets a plastic, gallon bag. (this way when bags get torn/dragged through mud/lost), it truly doesn’t matter. I just grab another gallon bag.
- Add this blurb to the front. Cover with clear packing tape to secure.
- Spread high-interest books from Half-Price Books, Scholastic, Good Will, or Chickfila on the ground.
- Have students sit around the perimeter of the carpet or area where the books are spread.
- Call on groups of students to fill (pick a nonfiction/fiction book you want to read, a book that looks funny, a book an adult in your house would want to read, a book you could read by yourself etc.)for a total of 4-6 bookish.
- Put book bags in backpack and let families read.
- Each Friday morning (6:30 AM) send a Remind text to encourage the return of the bags.
- Children set bags on their table when they get to school.
- Play “Musical Book Bag” to get new books bags each week. To play Musical Book Bag, students stand around the tables (with book bags on the table) and cake-walk it until the music stops.
- Once a month, return to Step 2 and resort/pick books.
- Boom. Done. It’s a simple, no-stress way to make sure students have lots of books to read. The books are books students wants to read and can be read by themselves, with an adult, before school, or even with a friend.
What If Students Forget Their Bag?
How Do Students Use Their Bags?
What About Book Bins?
Where Do I Get Books?
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