During each of our "Shelfie" days, the kids displayed their books on their desks, similar to a book fair, and students browsed through one another's choices. On the first day, I encouraged the kids to make connections verbally with their peers, using language such as, "I noticed that ___________ likes _____________. This makes me think_______", "I made a connection with _______________. She/He likes __________________ and so do I!", and "I learned that ______________. I wonder _______________.".
On our second day the kids were each given a Post It note to leave on a classmate's "Shelfie", jotting what they noticed using the sentence frames/language from the previous day. They circulated, Post It note in hand, with one stipulation. There could only be one Post It note for each "Shelfie". This guaranteed that each child would receive a note from a classmate.
I want to thank you all for helping your child select books that were meaningful to them for our classroom "Shelfie" project. This project would not have been a success without your help. Thank you! Thank you!