Virtual book club helps keep students engaged in reading at Mountain View Elementary School
Posted on 05/05/2020
Mountain View students participate in virtual Book Club

A book club is giving fifth-grade students at Mountain View Elementary School a chance to have discussions with peers and teachers despite being out of the classroom due to the school closure.

Fifth-Grade Teacher Natalie Lint, along with her team, Heidi Rhodes, Kelly Rutolo, and Sheri Ross, developed the weekly optional virtual book chats to keep students engaged and reading. The latest session featured a discussion and review of the book “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli.

"What good character word would you use to describe Stargirl?” asked Lint to the group of students all connected by a video conferencing tool.

"Loyal!" shared fifth-grader Kali.

Lint and the other teachers prompted students throughout the half-hour session to share their thoughts about character development, rising action in the book and any takeaways.

When asked if they enjoyed the book, there was a mixed review.

“Is it okay if I love this book and you don’t?” asked Ross. “Of course! That’s the point of book club,” she added.

Lint shared, “The most important part to becoming a better reader is discussing what you read and challenging others’ thoughts as well.”

The book club will “meet” every Friday through the remainder of the school year with “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” and “The One and Only Ivan” among the upcoming books to be read and discussed.