Much like a science fair where students independently research ideas or topics to learn about a specific field of science, a reading fair is designed to help students be creative while helping them develop an appreciation for reading.
Recently, Bailey Intermediate fourth and fifth grade students chose to participate in the school’s first reading fair. Students began by choosing one of their favorite fictional books from the school’s library. After reading it, they were to be as creative as possible in designing a storyboard to grab attention. The tri-fold presentation board that they were to create was to include the story elements such as: title, author, publisher and publication date, main characters, setting, plot summary, conflict, solution, author’s purpose, and tone or mood.
Judges for the event were teachers, Cortnee Nottingham from Stone Middle School, Lindsey Miller from North Lamar High School, Cherie Murdock from Stone Middle School and retired teacher Sammie Heavner. Scores were based on the story elements, clarity of writing, creativity, quality of project, thoroughness of written information, and interest evoked.
Winners pictured from fourth grade beginning left are: Shanee Adams – 4th place, Babe Ruth; Olivia Gunn – 3rd place, The Wizard of Oz; Ella Boudrie – 2nd place, The Hobbit; and Ayden Wright – 1st place, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Fifth grade winners from left are Faith Millsap - 3rd Place, The Nine Lives of AdventureCat; Makenzie Walker – 4th place, Divergent; Taylor Pickering - 1st Place, Fairest of All; and Kaitlyn Cooper - 2nd Place, Black Beauty.