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This past week we held our annual celebration of books and reading! Each November, our entire school turns into committees - kindergarteners and first graders become Mock Geisel committee members.... 2nd-4th graders become Mock Caldecott committee members.... and 4th graders volunteer to be Mock Newbery members! For months, our committee members and their chairs (aka teachers....) read from a selected list of books. We study criteria and have discussions. Then we come together to vote. In their own private voting spaces, each committee member votes for the book that they think upholds the criteria - although for Mock Geisel, we vote for our favorite favorites :)
voting in a special booth!
students put their ballots in a special voting box and got an "I voted" sticker!
watching some Mock Geisel book trailers and videos
Finally, the big moment is when our entire school comes together for a celebration of all things books and reading! As students walk in we have a video playing that recaps all of the books they've read for the Mocks. Listen to this group of kinders and 1st graders clap along and point out their favorites!
Then it's time for the big reveal! Here are our 2018 Meadowview School Mock Geisel selections!
We had 2 Honor books:
And the committee's choice for the Award:
Do you see our special award "stickers"? They are designed by students and they are proudly displayed on our school's library copies for the years to come! The students are also honored at our celebration.
What a great reason for our school to come together! I wonder what books we'll be celebrating next year?
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