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Book Order Fun: Authentic Activities

authentic activities to do with book orders

I am always looking for real world, authentic activities for students to do.  I just like them more than worksheets and students can see the the real world application of doing activities like that.  And they are anything but boring!


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There are so many different ways to use those book order forms that come to your room.  These are real world activities that students can see the value in doing.  They give choice to students too, which is a big deal to them.

1.  Genre Sort:  Students cut out books from book orders and sort by genre.  How many genres and which ones you use depends on the age of students and examples you find in the book order.

Authentic Book Order Activities

2.  Author's Purpose Sort:  Students sort books by PIE:  Persuade, Inform, or Entertain.

Authentic Book Order Activities

3.  Book Pick and Persuasion:  Choose one book for our classroom library then write a letter to persuade your teacher to purchase it.

4.  $20 Spending Spree:  You have $20 to choose what you want to spend it on getting as close to $20 as you can without going over.

5.  Informational Book and Text Feature Prediction:  Choose an informational book and predict what text features the author may include in it to help you with your comprehension.

6.  Find the Difference:  Choose 5 books and find the difference between the regular price and the sale price for each one.

7.  Alphabetize It!  Choose 10 books and students put them in alphabetical order.  Be sure to remove the order form from the back of the book order since they are in ABC order there.

8.  Adjective Hunt:  Find adjectives used in book titles.

9.  Star Reader:  Students study the Star Reader in the book order and create their own write up recommending a book that they have read.

Authentic Book Order Activities

10.  Wish List & Evidence:  Students create a wish list of the items they would like from the book order.  Then they write a letter to their parents providing evidence of the chores or extra things they will do in exchange for their parents purchasing the items for them.  

I hope you have enjoyed these fun book order ideas!  Be sure to check out Anna's Bright Idea about Guided Math!  You are sure to enjoy it!


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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas! These would make a quick and easy center! To tell the truth, I have always padded my student numbers on Scholastic to get extra order forms. Now, I have a whole list of activities to use them for! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenn! I love that you could use these book order form activities in centers! Thank you for coming by!

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  2. Good ideas! I love that they are authentic and I bet it boosts students interest in the books (and consequently leads to more orders from parents)!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

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    1. Thank you, Sara! I think these book order form activities would boost orders too! Win, Win!

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  3. I love simple, but great ideas! I always have extra book order forms! (Plus, it gets them talking about books, who couldn't use that!) Thanks for the bright idea!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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    1. I think these book order activities would get them talking about the books too, Sally! Thank you for coming by!

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  4. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I am glad you stopped by!

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  5. wow! How did you pack all those good ideas into one post!
    I copied the whole list to give some a try in my class this week!
    Thanks Lori!
    Susanna
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

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    1. I hope the book order activities are something you can use, Susanna! Have a great week and thanks for coming by!

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  6. Love all these ideas!!! I know I get as excited as my students do when the book order catalogs come each month and this post has given me lots of ideas of what we can do "learning-wise" with the catalogs- thank you!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

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    1. I love when the book orders come in too, Aylin! I would get so excited as a kid. Thank you for coming by!

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  7. We always get extra book orders that just get thrown away. Great ideas here!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  8. These ideas are great- thanks for sharing!
    Anita
    Mrs. Bremer’s Class

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    1. Thank you, Anita! Glad you came by!

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  9. Love this idea! So much fun! Love how you put those book orders to work! My kids love getting their new scholastic order forms and looking through them. The idea of putting those papers to work is great! Kids would have so much fun discussing the books and genres! Definitely will be doing this in my classroom! Thanks for the great ideas on how to use these!

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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  10. These are all super ideas! Sometimes I just hand out the flyers and let the kids read them during Guided Reading before I send them home.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Those book order forms are so fun for the kids. They LOVE looking through them and wishing on what they can buy!

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  11. Thank you, Tammy! I hope you can use some of the book order ideas to have some fun with your students!

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  12. I so agree, the kids love looking through the book orders and getting ready to shop! I hope some of the ideas are things you can use. Thank you for stopping by!!

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