I absolutely love the idea of having a Mock Caldecott or Mock Newbery Award trial in the classroom! It is a fantastic way to get the children involved and excited about reading. I have learned through my own experience that students are more likely to enjoy reading if there is activities and projects to go with them. The idea of having a Mock Award trial in the classroom just might be the best one yet if you ask me.
The most challenging aspect of this activity might be getting the children excited about it though. There is always going to be those one students who think reading is lame and won’t be able to change there mind. I would hope this activity might change their mind but I also hope they don’t downplay this enough to where the other students don’t want to put their full effort into it. The most fun part is coming up with your own ideas and putting in your two cents for everything.
I love the idea of having the students come up with their own rubric for the project, this allows them to decide what is most important in a picture book. It may even be easier for them to decide which one they like best, especially if they understand what to look for. I also think allowing the students to come up with their own drawings for the medals is a great idea. It just brings that much more creativity into the classroom!
Mr. Schu’s list of books sound like they are all great (especially since all the books he picked eventually got honors and awards) but if I had to pick 3, here’s the 3 I’d pick to read:
- Lenny & Lucy by Philip Stead
- Float by Daniel Miyares
- Waiting by Kevin Kenkes
I very much look forward to eventually doing a Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery in my future classroom!