Speed dating teaching resources
If students have a favorite poem from childhood (perhaps something from ), this can be a wonderful place to start. Let them spread out, swap books, and just enjoy exploring.For an exit ticket, I ask students to write 3-4 sentences about any poem they enjoyed and why.
If you plan to purchase any of these books, I’d appreciate it if you did so by clicking the links below.This simple activity allows students to explore some poetry in a low-stakes way. Find a variety of poetry books and anthologies for students to browse.You can collect anthologies from the library, set up stations with access to various poetry websites you like, or have students bring in books of poetry from home. I remind students to write down the names of any poems or poets that strike them, but beyond that, it’s a free reading day.These classes are designed for struggling readers and generally have fewer than ten students. I had the best results with the eighth grade class, who better understood all my dating jokes ("sometimes you have to kiss some frogs", "sometimes you have to throw that fish back in", "if at first you don't succeed", etc.).Because of the nature of the class, the students do not tend to be readers, nor are they generally intrinsically-motivated to read. They really enjoyed this lesson, and my eighth grade library assistants, who saw the speed dating as they worked in the library, all asked me to do this with their classes, too. For the reading resource classes, I chose high-interest genres such as horror, humor, manga, nonfiction, survival, romance, sports, and realistic fiction. For my classes, I added a second nonfiction table since it was full every time.Additional resources: Printable Speed Dating notes sheet (free from Librarian Vickie at TPT) Other ways to speed date with books: "Book Speed Dating"--The Mighty Little Librarian-- This one is very similar to mine, except in this one, the students stay put and move the boxes of books. This one gives alternatives to calling it "Speed Dating" and provides links to book speed dating-related printables.
"Building Our To-Read Lists: Book Speed Dating" by Sharp Read-- Same concept with younger students.
I love poetry, and I always want to share that love of poetry with students.
Last year, I decided to add a new element to my poetry unit, Poetry Speed-dating.
After that, I gave them 1 minute to briefly record their thoughts on the organizer.
Giving them specific time sections for conversing vs. I just used this today and as soon as I finished I couldn’t wait to write this post.
First, I created an overview sheet that explained the concept to my students and included a graphic organizer for them to fill out to give them some accountability. Set up the desks and then divide your class into two groups, one that stays sitting and one that rotates. Again, I used a simple graphic organizer that I assigned to my kids through Google Classroom.