Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunshine State Feast 2012

Today was our Sunshine State Feast and it was a total success!  For those of you who do not live in the state of Florida and do not know what Sunshine State Books are, they are a selection of 15 books chosen by the state each year for 3rd through 5th grade and another set for 6th through 8th.   If you read at least three books, you get to vote on real voting machines for your favorite and there is usually a big party at the end of the year if you read all 15 books!  In addition to the party that the media specialist throws, we in fifth grade hold what is called the Sunshine State Feast.  It is a feast of different foods from all the books along with games, scavenger hunts, and prizes.  The whole concept of the Sunshine State Books is to promote reading and I must say it does a good job!  Here are our invitations for this year's feast (students got them when they completed all 15 books).  They are just Rack Cards that I created on Vista Print.

On the back of the invitations we have a scavenger hunt for the students to complete.  We name a few items from each book to find and they bring them in on the day of the feast.  The person with the most items wins!  One of my teammates set up the feast and created wonderful worksheets and games for them to play.  There was a word search with vocabulary words, a figurative language sheet using lines from all the books, and a food fact sheet where the students tried to guess which book each of the foods came from.  Here are a few snapshots of the day:

All in all we had a great turnout, about 40 students attended!  We already got the list for next year and I am excited to get a jump start on them this summer.  I do have to admit, a majority of them are about animals and that's not always my most favorite subject, lol.  Wish me luck!


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