Book Tasting in Mrs. Gojda's Class

MES Encourages Reading
 Merriwether Elementary School’s third grade teacher, Mrs. Gojda, started her students first week of school with a book tasting. Students walked into their classroom as it was transformed into a quiet café. Every table had a cloth adorned over it, candles, and menus. Each table was labeled a different genre and students got a little “taste” by rotating through the tables to experience each one. At each table, students picked up books, examined the outsides, read a few pages, and formed opinions on the texts. Then, on their menu, students wrote down their opinions of the book, what they liked, and disliked. This allowed students to see what types of genres they would enjoy reading.  Mrs Gojda exclaimed, “The book café is a great way to start the year. It allows students to gain interest in reading and explore genres that they may not typically pick up.”  Mrs. Gojda’s class activity is a great way to help promote literacy in children. Promoting thinking skills, like literacy, is another way that MES teachers are helping to prepare their students to become Edgefield County graduates. 
Book Tasting
Students pictured:  Daniel McMahon, Melodie Chandler, and Caden Lehman

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