Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Order Bonus Points!

We did it! My class earned 7,000 Scholastic Bonus Points this month! I stumbled upon Laura Candler's guide to earning bonus points and thought it would be a lot of work, and it really wasn't. I generally hand out the book order once a month, and I don't push students to order from it, but it is always an option for them to order. In a typical year I usually earn about 1,000-2,000 bonus points which I promptly spend on more books for the classroom. I never thought I would ever put in a book order over $100, but today my class ordered $350.67!

Yesterday was the due date for the book orders and it came to about $254. The students were a bit bummed and really wanted to try to make the goal and several said they had lost their order forms. So, new forms were found and I had some genius students suggest that everyone bring in a few dollars to donate so I could choose some classroom books. I also told them that if they ordered over $325, I would order enough to get us to $350. I only had to put in about $2! My kids rocked it!

I don't know what I am going to order with the bonus points. I want to get the kids in on the decision making, but I know I need to get more informational text in my classroom library. Any suggestions on what to buy? 


  1. Congratulations!! I'm going to need to try this because I want more book sets. Last year, I scoped out all the 5-book sets in the scholastic orders and used my points for those so that I have enough for book clubs. However, I agree with you that informational text that is just right for 5th graders are hard to find. I usually go for the sets of nonfiction books to get the better deal but the national geographic for kids nonfiction books are pretty good. Have fun shopping!

    By the way, we love reading your posts and recently started our own blog. Yay for fifth grade!

  2. Thank you for your kind words! I love your blog!


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