submitted by Betsy Howie
Stacey Riedmiller’s fourth grade students know they have to get lucky if they’re going to get their hands on a hot new book before anyone else in the class. And lots of books in Stacey’s classroom library become “hot” thanks to book raffles!
“I usually select five or six books to be raffled off—although I will host a raffle anytime I add a new book to our library just to keep up the ‘book buzz’! I put a cup by each book. Students each get two slips of paper to use as their raffle tickets. They write their names on the tickets and then put a ticket in the cup of whichever book they most want to read first. (Some students choose to add both slips to the same cup to increase their chances of winning that one book.) Once everyone has deposited their tickets, I pick one ticket from each cup. The winning student gets to read the book first, and the rest of the kids who put their tickets in that cup go on the waiting list. I have students manage the list and keep it accessible all the time.”
Stacey’s Tips for Running Book Raffles in Your Classroom:
Book raffles also make it easy to see which books are really getting your students excited. Stacey’s students’ recent raffle favorites include:
Stacey Riedmiller is a fourth grade language-arts teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied education at Northern Kentucky University, where her focus was reading. She spends her days sharing books with fourth graders and anyone else who will listen at Reading Hilltop Elementary. You can find her on Twitter: @literacybigkids
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