scholastic book orders

I started rereading Animorphs fully expecting to be bored now that I’ve aged out of its target demographic / writing style, but no, I fell for it again, hook, line, and sinker;;;

I miss Scholastic book orders.

The Enemy - 3.07

In “The Enemy,” Riker, Worf and Geordi head down to the surface of some shithole for reasons that escape me (in my defense, I watched the first half of this episode a few weeks ago). The only real benefit is that we’re able to get some real good foul-weather acting out of our guys:

What Tyra wouldn’t give for some hair-in-breeze action shots like this

Geordi of course falls down a hole because of course he does:

You know if Geordi is gonna be a main focus of an episode that he’s going to end up at the bottom of a hole, emotional or otherwise

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KISS - THE REAL STORY by Peggy Tomarkin, 1980.
You remember that time, about a week and a half into Summer Break, when your Mom took you to the local library to check out some ‘Summer Reading’, so your brain doesn’t go soft over the Summer?
This is the book you would have been praying was in stock.
Rock-N-Roll Scholastic fun at it’s finest…

OK, so here is one of the most confusing childhood tendencies ever, definitely a concept I can’t wrap my mind around: I HATED READING AS A KID. HATED IT. But, when my teachers handed out those Scholastic Book Orders, I wanted every friggin’ book in the catalog, all of it! And my parents, encouraged by my desire to read would order me masses of books which was very satisfying. Then, later when the books actually arrived, I wanted nothing to do with them. I’m not sure what it is about the catalog that made me insist I wanted pages and pages of child literature but the second it arrived, I wanted my action figures and nothing else.

Wow the last thing I reblogged…Captain Underpants…Scholastic news…
Does anyone remember scholastic news?! I used to get those book catalogs in elementary, and get all excited and order books to read. Literally, my childhood. I loved it. Anyone else ordered from scholastic? Can’t believe we’re all growing up so quickly…

Talking About Gender: "Boy" and "Girl" Books

Recently, my fourth graders and I have been talking a lot about gender expectations, stereotypes, and roles.  They seemed to get the “Big Idea”: boys and girls can do the same things, it’s wrong to stereotype, etc.  However, I still didn’t think they fully understood how gender affects the everyday decisions they make.  

Most teachers know that boys and girls tend to read different books.  In fact, teachers probably play a big role in this: we talk about books as “boy” books, suggest certain books for kids based on gender, and I know some teachers who even sort their books by gender category.  My goal was to help my students reflect on how gender affects their reading habits.

I put students into groups of two (some same gender, some mixed gender) and had students fold a paper into three columns and write “Boy”, “Girl”, and “Either”.  I then gave them old Scholastic Book Order catalogs.  The only instructions I gave them was to cut out “Boy” books, “Girl” books, and books for “Either.”

I gave them at least 20 minutes to sort.  They got really into it, and it was interesting to listen to their conversations.  Students seemed to find “girl” books easily, but there was more disagreement over “boy” books because many of my male students were quick to put books in that category, but my female students also liked the books.

We then got together and had a class discussion.  I asked them how they sorted their books, what genres seemed to fit in different categories, and how things like title and cover color affected their choices.  We then talked about times they had wanted to read a book that had read a “boy” or “girl” book, times they had been told they weren’t allowed to choose one (MANY students had stories!), and why we think these stereotypes exist and why book manufacturers and others play into them.

I told them that, in this classroom, they are free to read whichever books they wanted.  I encouraged them to read a book they felt like they weren’t allowed to read because they though it was for the other gender.  In the week since the lesson, I’ve seen boys read “American Girl” and “Magic Kitten” books, and more girls pick up “I Survived…” books.  I’ve also been more mindful in my book suggestions to kids.

All in all, the activity took about 45 minutes, and I’d recommend it to all elementary or reading teachers!