What is a Book Chat?
Book Chats are a fourth grade tradition. They provide an opportunity for fourth grade students and a family member to read together selected novels at home and share their thoughts on the book with a small group at school.
How does a Book Chat work?
Students and family members will read together the selected novel in advance of the event. Students will be assigned “jobs” that they will prepare at home while reading the novel and then share with their group to help facilitate a discussion about the book. Adults, whether they are parents, family members, or other close family friends, play the role of participant, both in the reading of the novel and during the Book Chat itself.
Who attends Book Chats?
All the fourth grade students will be involved in each book chat. While students love having a parent present for each chat, I realize that due to busy schedules and other commitments this is often not possible. In some cases students have had Upper School sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles or close family friends in attendance. There will be times when a student does not have a family representative and she may share another student’s parent.
Where are the Book Chats?
The Book Chats will be held in the Fourth Grade classroom. We will begin as a whole group and then divide into smaller groups for the chat.
How do students obtain the book?
Students are welcome to borrow a book from their local library or to purchase a copy from a local bookstore, or online retailer such as Amazon.