I just received two gigantic book orders, and they were almost all beautiful nonfiction. I was so excited to share them with everyone at my school, but I wanted to make sure they were seen by my teachers...and seen for their value as a part of their curriculums. I stole the term Sip & See from The Real Housewives television show, yes I watch it every now and then, when one of the housewives had a party so that her friends could sip puch and see her new baby. I thought this would be a great concept for our new books! My intern and I sent out an invitation by email:
Then, we began sorting our books according to a few categories that we created. We grouped by Literary NonFiction, Graphic NonFiction, Collaboration and Organization, High Interest, Fiction and NonFiction Pairs and Primary Sources. Each table was filled with books that fit into the category, and we made small signs with lesson ideas and Common Core Standard tie-ins.
Of course, we had a table of refreshments and prizes. Our Sip and See was a hit, and the conversations started were great! I had several teachers asking how they could use these books in their classrooms, and one collaboration is already underway. This was a simple way to get my teachers in the doors to look at some of my new resources and to talk about what is happening in their classrooms.
Happy sipping and seeing!