Stuggling to get your students to vary their reading choices? Book Buffet may be used to introduce your students to a variety of literature in a short amount of time.
Before doing this activity...
Place a book on each student's desk. Explain to students that you would like them to begin reading the book placed on their desk. Tell them they should read until they hear the timer go off. When the timer goes off, they must quickly move to the next desk and begin reading (sampling) the book on that desk.
Students will move from desk to desk at 8-minute intervals until each student has had a chance to move to a handful of desks to "sample" different books, or until the time allotted for this activity has ended.
At the end of the reading activity, ask students if there was a book they sampled that they would like to continue reading. If so, make arrangements for them to be able to read that book. Every time my class has done this activity, I've had many hands raised to finish a book. I've piqued their interest in a book from a new genre/category.
Patti Stephenson, Tri-Ciy Christian School in Independence, Missouri
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Originally published 04/06/2006
Last updated 09/12/2006