The lists are done and the orders are placed! Twenty-seven 3rd-5th graders have worked very hard during their lunch time for the past week to create lists of books that are grounded in the results of their school-wide reading interest survey data. Rather than type everything out here, I’ve made a screencast that shows you the survey, the data, the focus categories, and the final lists. I invite you to listen:
I’m very proud of these students. Although, doing this during lunch across multiple times and groups of students was literally and figuratively very messy, I liked the overall results. As always, some amazing moments happened along the way like:
- A student standing up and telling the whole group not to think of themselves. That they needed to keep in mind all of the students of the school.
- A male student taking a stand for princess books being on the list because he personally heard from multiple students who desperately wanted more of those books in the library.
- A group of 3 fifth graders debating whether or not to cut a graphic novel off of the list because it cost $26.00. They talked for 15 minutes just about that one book. They read reviews, considered popularity, examined quality, and checked circulation statistics for other books in that series. (They decided to keep it on the list!)
- Several students repeatedly went into Destiny to search for how many books we had in particular categories, which books were lost in a particular series, and how many copies we had of certain books like Wimpy Kid.
I’m thankful for Capstone Rewards, too, because I helped out some of our tough decisions by using $500 of free book credit to bump up our budget from $1200 to $1700. Even with that bump, some very tough decisions were made to cut books that would have been equally as popular. I look forward to seeing what this group comes up with to market these books to the school and how fast they get checked out!