TLNing (

A community for teacher-librarians and other educators

Do any of you guys do Lunch Bunch Book Clubs? How do you organize them, how often do you meet, what do you read? I'm looking for some new ideas for this year's groups. I'll be working with 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Views: 166


You need to be a member of TLNing ( to add comments!

Join TLNing (

Comment by Cathy Nelson on September 26, 2007 at 5:53pm
I assigned book titles for certain grade levels. If I do this again, I will not limit the grade levels, but using the same title did work for me. I encouraged teachers to read the book aloud, but I also had grant money to buy multiple copies for a little over half the books. After getting permission, I made an audio recording of one title (b/c it was not available as paperback and not available as an audio recording.) Some came everday during their recess to listen to my recording, and some classes checked it out to use as a read aloud by me.
Comment by Brenda Branson on September 26, 2007 at 5:06pm
Wow! What terrific ideas. Thanks and I love the variety of options you gave the students. Did you all read the same books at the same meeting? Hope to see you at EdTech. We really do miss having you in our area.
Comment by Cathy Nelson on September 13, 2007 at 5:46pm
Hi Brenda,
I did a lunch book club last year. It centered around th SC Book Award Nominees. We designated a title, and promoted like crazy. There were six ways a student could earn an invitation, and this was done so that more students could come.
-Take AR Quiz (score 100)
-Write a summary (good spelling/grammar)
-Post to the blog
-Create a diorama that depicted a scene from the story and be able to explain it, then display it in the library
-Use the "online" book review form from our library website to post a review
-Meet with me to discuss the book
The variety of methods to earn an invitation allowed students to use a way that was easiest for them, and many chose to make the art project or just talk to me, which was fine. We arranged a time to meet in the cafeteria on the day of the "Brunch" and took the lunch to the library. Sometimes I shared short StreamlineSC clips (like Sweetgrass baskets from one of tht titles) to Clay "Peg-Leg" Bates from a YouTube segment posted from an Ed Sullivan Show. Sometimes we created words, since so many titles dealt with an infatuation of vocabulary (The Pam Munoz Ryan Book), and sometimes I created interactive activities like surveys or q/a that used the handhelds (ActiVotes) with my Promethean Board. The kids were always disappointed to have to leave after forty minutes, which is how long I kept them. And I had to beg them to eat! Sometimes there was more participation than others, particularly when we did the CBA books that were picture books instead of chapter books. It was a lot of fun, and i can't believe I haven't arranged to do this for this year at my new school....I need to get busy!
Comment by Brenda Branson on September 4, 2007 at 2:20pm
Thanks, I have seen her page and it does have lots of good ideas.
Comment by Durff on September 2, 2007 at 12:10am
I did when i had a self-contained room and we ate in the room. Met once per week. Also did it at previous school in school building while majority went to dining hall. In this school it won't work unless I had a classroom....maybe someday. I just invited kids on a rotating basis, making sure that those who needed extra practice were always there. We read below reading level books to reinforce fluency and have fun. I gave out desserts and Lunch Bunch bookmarks. I think I got those from Laura Candler's site...The Lemony Snicket books would be ideal....

A Learning Revolution Project

Twitter feeds

TL Scoop.its

Teacher Librarians of the 21st Century Curated by Mrs. N Ideas and Resources for the 21st Century Teacher Librarian

Libraries as Sites of Enchantment, Participatory Culture, and Learning Curated by Buffy J. Hamilton Ideas and resources to develop the concept of libraries as sites of participatory culture and learning

Personal Learning Networks for Librarians  Curated by Donna Watt

Staying ahead of the game, managing your own professional development, joining the dots

SchoolLibrariesTeacherLibrarians Curated by Joyce Valenza News for teacher librarians

What is a teacher librarian?  Curated by Tania Sheko Defining the role of teacher librarians for those who think we just look after books

Teacher librarians and transliteracy Curated by Sue Krust Explore the evolving role of the teacher librarian

Teacher-Librarian Curated by Librarian@HOPE Best sites and resources on the web for teacher-librarians

ResearChameleon on School Libraries Curated by Kathy Malatesta Teaching, mentoring & leading in today’s school libraries

Student Learning through School Libraries Curated by lyn_hay Building evidence of impact through research and professional practice

SCIS  Curated by SCIS News and resources about school libraries

Educational Technology and Libraries Curated by Kim Tairi In libraries we teach, we learn and many of us are early adopters of technology. This is your scoop on those things.

21st Century Libraries Curated by Dr. Steve Matthews all things 21st Century library related

Join our Diigo Group! VIsit TL Daily!

Coming soon



#tlchat: #tlchat your tweets!

© 2020   Created by Steve Hargadon.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service