Early Bird Book Club - Monday Made It October

Promised to be back with Monday Made It and share about my Early Bird book club I shared pics of on FB so here goes:)
I LOVE doing literature circles/book clubs with my kiddos but don't usually start those until closer to the end of the year....I wanted to start a little, and I mean little, (5 kiddos) book club before school once a week....hence, Early Birds:)  As I was looking through the sets of book club books I had, I came across this one!  
I had forgotten that I bought a small group set of this!  Perfect!  I LOVED anything about little people that lived under the floors and in the walls when MY  kids were little!
I have had these bags from the Target dollar spot forever and didn't know what to do with them until now;)  I'm using these to keep their materials (pencil, post its, book, bookmark, eraser) in.  Each student in my Early Bird group got a bag. At the end of our meeting time, I collect the bags for the next week.
For our first meeting (we have only had one...lol)  I dumped a little bag with these items out on the floor and told them it was a clue to what book we were reading.
They had some great guesses...Alice in Wonderland was one of them:)  After a few minutes, I told them there was one more clue somewhere in the room...they looked and looked...they were looking at eye level so I told them to "think little".  That was hilarious!  A few got on their hands and knees and started looking:)
I don't have a pic of this little door before but it was just plain wood.  I got it at Hobby Lobby...I think it was called a fairy door....I painted it and hot glued it to the wall;)  It took them a while but they found it and then went nuts!  
After I showed them the book, we went back to our little pile of clues and talked about all the things they Borrowers would use each of the items for:)  So fun!
Now, of course the door doesn't open during the day....the magic only happens when we are gone or at night.  They were/are so excited about this magical little journey we are taking together and it's spilling into the classroom and catching onto the other students. Even though they aren't all in the club, they are just as excited! 
I don't want to tie homework to our club BUT I did ask them to bring something in for our next meeting.  I asked them to find something around their house that The Borrowers may take and then be ready to explain what they would use that item for.  I can't wait to see what they bring in!
I also found these cute little post its for them to grab and mark spots as we are reading for questions they may have, something they want to talk about, and so on...

I would love to hear any ideas you all may have for fun activities or ideas to go along with this book! PLEASE feel free to share in the comments section below:)
  It amazes me what a little wooden door in a classroom will do to stir up some excitement about reading!!  Magical!!


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12 comments

  1. I love your early bird bags and the clues you give your students!!! Super cute ideas as always!!!

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  2. Love the little door. I remember reading this book when I was younger.

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  3. How have I never heard of this book? Looks interesting.

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  4. Oh my... I WANT TO BE IN YOUR BOOK CLUB!! For real! Talk about creating a book buzz and getting kids excited! I have a student that is loving the series, "The Littles" (very similar concept). I'll need to introduce her to this book too- I had forgotten about it. P.s. I love those post-its and need them!! I can only say I've "made it" through the first month. Woof!

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  6. I always wanted to put a little door in my classroom! You've inspired me.
    Thanks for hosting Monday Made it.
    Beti

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  7. You amaze me! This is such a wonderful idea- I bet your students were so giddy with excitement! It's been years since I have read this book! I have to try this with my second graders! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  8. I LOVE this! How did you decide which students to invite? I fear that I'd have a lot of interest and hurt feelings...

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  9. Wow!! I love the way you got the kids to buy into previewing a book. I think it is really hard to get kids to think about books before they read. This was a BRILLIANT way to do that!!!

    Your "think little" comment made me laugh too. :)

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  10. I love how you introduced your book for your book club! What a great way to get the students interested! I plan to use that strategy for all of the books I read with my class. I absolutely love reading groups, especially when the students are engaged in the book. How do you do your reading groups? I would love to know how you structure your reading groups. Thank you for all that your share through your blog!

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  11. I love how you introduced your book for your book club! What a great way to get the students interested! I plan to use that strategy for all of the books I read with my class. I absolutely love reading groups, especially when the students are engaged in the book. How do you do your reading groups? I would love to know how you structure your reading groups. Thank you for all that your share through your blog!

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