MONTGOMERY — Students at Barr-Reeve elementary and middle schools have spent the last several weeks working on their “book fair” boards. Each project was based off a fiction book the student had recently read or had selected to read.
“The book fair is similar to a science fair except students create boards based on a book they’ve read,” said Principal Dena Lengacher.
Depending on the grade level, students had slightly different requirements for the projects. For instance, second grade students were placed into groups to complete their projects. Madison Senne, one of the second graders, said she has fun working on her group’s project.
“We all had to read the same book and decorate our board. I did the silver glitter,” Senne said, pointing at the silver dots of glitter glue strategically placed on the display.
Each board, regardless of the grade level, had to include the author, author’s purpose, and other information related to the book. Most grades were able to choose the book of their choice for the projects.
Sixth grade reading teacher and media specialist Beth Ann Devillez said sixth graders had been building up to the project all year.
“Throughout the year we’ve talked about the author’s purpose and other literary elements,” said Devillez. “We thought this project was a good way to tie everything together.”
Students received a grade on their projects and in the upper grades, students also had their projects judged by other members of the Barr-Reeve staff.
While the older students also had to complete their projects on their own and mostly in their own time, some of the younger students were able to get help from their family and had time to work on the projects during school. Many teachers required students sign a paper if they had received help with the project at home.
Devillez said this is the first year for the event but students and teachers hope to do it again next year.