Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: February 25, 2002
a "Reading Cafe" in your classroom!
each student create thier own apron and chef's hat with white
butcher paper. Decorate these items with pictures and quotes about
up tables in your room (or put desks into clusters) and cover
parents and other guests to come to the Reading Cafe!
weeks before the event, have students each read 2-3 picture books.
(They don't necessarily need to be Dr. Seuss books) Then ask students
to write 1 or 2 sentences describing the book, so that it would
make readers want to "try" the book. Type student reviews
of each book on the provided "menu." Students
could also decorate the menu by drawing pictures all over it.
Make multiple copies of the master menu and have them sitting
out at each place setting.
parents or other guests come into the classroom, have a student
with a notepad in hand, greet them, take them to a seat, and then
proceed to "take their order." Once the guest "orders"
a book, the student goes back to where all of the books are and
brings it out on a "platter." Your platter could simply
be a piece of posterboard that has been cut into a circle or oval.
student (or server!) then sits down beside the guest, and together
they read the book! Of course, it's also fun to have some light
refreshments provided as well!