In going with the theme of making the last day of school as good as first, I did this Dave Burgess inspired activity of the Iwanicki Book Awards. This was several weeks in the making and revealed today. Just a quick recap. Students used Kidblog to write their nominee and convince others of their choice. Then I created a google form which they answered (using google forms for the first time).
During the week, small groups of students had created trivia questions for many of the categories. Another group also made a word search. During the Award’s ceremony, we built up suspense by playing Oscar Music and then announcing each category and the nominees. I would then say, “Here is a word from our sponsor.” While the students waited, they worked on their trivia. Students were cheering and yelling and there were even a few disappointed students. I had to sit back and remember that this was all about books! Students in my class were yelling about books! How great is that?! The books listed below affected my students. It made them passionate readers. They all made my students think just a little differently.
It was a wonderful activity that I hope will become a tradition. I am glad that I pushed myself just a little harder. The students reactions were priceless.
PS I would recommend any book on this list for anyone to read. They are all fabulous!
Runner Up: The War That Saved My Life
Best Supporting Character:
Winner: Frankie in Echo
Runner Up: Rose in Out of My Mind
Winner: The Night Gardner
Runner Up: Journey
Favorite Character in a Graphic Novel
Runner Up: El Deafo
Favorite Character in a Chapter/Middle Grade Novel
Winner: Tie: Gerta in Night Divided and Charlie in Wish
Runner Up: Frankie and Mike in Echo
Best Picture Book:
Runner Up: The Night Gardener
Best Graphic Novel
Winner: El Deafo
Runner Up: The Bad Guys
Best Middle Grade Novel
Runner Up: Tie The Night Divided and The War That Saved My Life
Favorite Read Aloud
Runner Up: Out of My Mind