Monday, October 15, 2012
Fourth graders have loved searching for books in hopes of solving a puzzle the past two weeks. Their clue sheet provides 13 short descriptions of books (which contain at least two key words that would help them discover the book title) and 13 corresponding statements that point them to a specific chapter, page, and letter. Unscrambling those 13 letters, they will discover a word that describes books and reading.
In pairs or individually, they enthusiastically enter search terms, read the book descriptions, and then stealthily head to the shelves to find the right book and letter. They are careful not to leave their finds on the computer screen or sticking out of a shelf space. There is no prize for this activity. There is not a reward for getting done first. Yet again this week I heard, "Do we get to look for books again?"