It’s now that time of year where I start to wonder where the year has gone. Today is the first day of the fourth nine-week grading period, which means this year is 3/4 DONE! This is also the time of year where I need to start planning for end of the year and summer activities. Last year, I wanted to do something to promote reading over the summer, so I hosted a second book fair. Honestly, one book fair a year is enough for me, so this year I want to host an end of the year book swap.
I was very excited to find some great resources for a book swap over on The Book Bug blog by Jo Nase. I took her ideas from the elementary book swap she hosted and adapted some of her resources so they would work for us at Central Middle. I love when I find things already created and shared by awesome members of my PLN! We are always better together!
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t start taking some time now to pre-plan and think about end of the year activities, my good intentions will never become reality. We all know how the end of the year tends to swirl out of control (or at least it does for me), so I wanted to make sure I took some time to prepare now so this book swap can go smoothly and not cause me too much anxiety when the time rolls around!
Here’s the informational letter that I’ll be sending home in May for the book swap:
And these are the receipts that I fill out as I collect books from students for the swap:
I can’t wait to share more about our book swap once it takes place. I think this is going to be a really fun way to get books in the hands of my students before the start of summer!
Have you ever hosted a book swap? If so, was it a big hit?