Monday, March 24, 2014

March Madness!

With March upon us, my husband was all about March Madness! 

While we are not going to play basketball in the library! [I had a teacher ask me no...]

However, we ARE going to vote for our favorite author, once we have a list of the top 15 authors, the authors would go head to head in their own brackets and we’d narrow it down to the favorite author of the school! Each week students could vote using a Google Form. The first week, I simply had students enter their favorite author (only one!). Then I looked at the results and built the brackets. Each week I made a new bracket that narrowed down little by little until there was one winner!

To break it down: 
Each week I had the students fill out a Google Form:

1st Week - Who is your favorite author?
I got everyone from Mo Willems to Suzanne Collins, plus we started a great discussion (and real life research project) about the author of the Geronimo Stilton series! 

 2nd Week - Vote for your favorites.

The head to heads:
Vote for your favorite Easy Fiction Author:
Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, or Tedd Arnold
Vote for your favorite Middle Grades Author:
Mary Pope Osborne, Roald Dahl, or Elisabeth Demi (the ACTUAL Geronimo Stilton author!)
Vote for your favorite Graphic Novel Author:
Jeff Kinney, Lincoln Peirce, Raina Telgemeier
Vote for your favorite Fantasy Author:
Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling
Vote for your favorite Dystopian Author::
Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth

3rd Week - Vote for your FAVORITE favorite =) 

At our school, it was down to:
Suzanne Collins, Elisabeth Demi, Jeff Kinney, J.K. Rowling, or Dr. Seuss!

I made the worst bulletin board ever: 
Next year, I will actually make brackets!

I was a little bit worried about the kids being able to do it on their own, but after a quick overview, not only could my Kindergartners do it, they taught their older buddies how to get to the site and do it! 

Plus they could not wait to vote again and again! 

A few cute pics of a couple kids on the computers: 

Thanks for reading!
Want more info on the Google Forms? Let me know in the comments! 
I would love to hear how it's going and would love to hear your wonderful ideas also! 

Keep reading!
Ms. Dhruv

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