Ms. Mann's 7th Grade Language Arts classes visited for our delayed Valentine's Day Speed Dating with Books activity. I adapted the lesson from the Daring Librarian, Jennifer LaGarde's idea.We were laughing, singing and reading with rigor today in the media center!
Here is the process:
- Collaborate with a teacher. They can help you design your structure to meet the needs of their kids.
- Write a script. I adapted mine from Jennifer's (link above). Be ridiculous. The kids loved it!
- Create a YouTube music playlist. I used: One Love: U2 (instrumental), All You Need is Love: Beatles, Drunk in Love: Beyonce' and JayZ (instrumental), The Love Boat Theme, Call Me Maybe: Jimmy Fallon and the Roots and Barry White's Love Theme (instrumental).
- Compile text with a variety of formats and lexiles. Place them in bins at each table (we had seven to accomodate class size of 35 max)
- Place a numbered heart in the center of each table.
- Have an internet-connected device, SMARTboard or screen and decent computer speakers ready.
- Make copies of the rating sheet. We used half-sheet pink paper. (below)
- Dress in Librarian of Love silliness. I had a furry tiara with a heart on it and wore red.
- Check your a/v and load up YouTube and the Online Bomb Timer.
- Have your script handy.
- Cue up the Beatles' All You Need is Love. I used the version with lyrics. I didn't tell the kids what we were doing, only that they were going to sing along with the chorus. Play the first two stanzas and belt out the chorus with the kids.
- Turn down the music to low level and read your script with flair.
- Set the bomb timer (I did two minutes) and yell, "Get ready to meet the love of your life!"
- Turn up the music and rotate around to help the class browse effectively.
- When the bomb goes off, turn down the music level and give them one minute to rate one date.
- Announce that students who found the love of their life will check out their book and sit in another location to spend more time together. This is a reading area, not social time.
- Reset the timer and have students move to the next table number. Repeat five times. After the fifth round, if there are students who didn't find books they love, direct them to look around for their book date in all areas of the media center. "Your love is out there somewhere, go find it!" I help those students try to find something of interest to read.
- Teacher collects the rating sheets for data.
We had a great time today and will certainly do this again next February. I hope you have an opportunity to try it sometime! Check out our photos from today's fun!