A strange, but efficient way to survey

At the start of each school year giving a survey to my students is a great way to find out the types of books they enjoy.  The information can be really helpful in guiding my students toward just the right book, one they may not have selected independently.  While presenting students with possible books to read, I have tried to steer them toward the Georgia Book Award nominees for that school year because the selections are usually of exceptional quality.

This year I decided to take a different approach to my survey.  My idea was to create a reading interest survey for older students (grades 3 through 5) that would match up with titles for these award nominees.  The plan is for students to select choice A or B beside each number.  At the end the students will place a small asterisk next to the number they think is the most interesting.  Each question corresponds with a book from the elementary level Georgia Book Award nominee list (please see the Key to the Reading Interest Inventory below).  On the back of their survey students will be asked to share the one item they think is important that I know about them.  I am optimistic that this method of surveying students will be worthwhile!

A survey based on the Georgia Book Award titles for 2013.

A survey based on the Georgia Book Award titles for 2013.

Key to the Reading Survey



Leepike Ridge by Wilson

Tom Hammond has quite the adventure in Leepike Ridge.  The story starts out a little slow in the first two or three chapters, but then picks up as Tom gets mad at Jeffrey Veatch, the man who has started dating his mother.  During the course of the story, Tom gets stuck in an underground cave and has difficulty finding a way out.  The story definitely kept my interest.  It would make a great read aloud for 4th-6th grade classes.