Book Club Materials Management

24 Mar

Book clubs create a new materials situation.  Now you have many people joining together to talk and grow ideas–how do you organize the thinking and notes?  Jenny and I decided on folders last year, and it worked fairly well.  This year we modified (and simplified) them slightly.

Each team has a folder filled with:

  1. Sticky Note Sheets: The materials manager makes sure that every participant places two sticky notes in their square.  The first is the sticky note they initially discuss.  The second (the one on top) is the new note they write at the end of the discussion, with their new thinking.
  2. photo 2

  3. Inference Chart: Some of our lessons deal with noticing characters, and students record their thinking on this chart.  They’ll use the chart throughout the unit, so we should see their thinking about characters grow and change.photo 3
  4. Role Cards: They tuck these cards in the front pocket to use. photo 1

It’s been a nice way for them to keep track of their work, and for me to be able to follow up after the conversation to take a look at how their ideas are changing.

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