Chat & Chew is a Belinder discussion-based book club held six times during the school year during the lunch period. Participants will read five fun, educational, discussion-worthy books for 3rd-6th graders.
A Taste of Chat & Chew is a Belinder lunchtime book club for 2nd graders in which one book is read during the year, then discussed with peers.
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Chat & Chew is voluntary and encourages students to read and discuss designated books with other students facilitated by parent volunteers.
The Chat & Chew committee curates a library of age-appropriate books and loans them out to students one-by-one for the duration of the program.
One book will be assigned for each month, November through April. The appropriate book should be read prior to each month’s meeting. On each meeting day, students will bring their book, a sack lunch, and water to school. During their designated lunch period, students will meet in a classroom with their group and two parent volunteers to discuss the book while eating their lunch.
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Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
Race the Wild: Rainforest Relay by Kristin Earhart
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ok for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Chat & Chew Dates
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Chat & Chew FAQs
How do I sign my student up and/or volunteer? Simply complete the form below and click submit.
Can my child participate even if I can’t volunteer? Of course! Every child is welcome!
Why are two books listed for 2nd grade, but the description of A Taste of Chat & Chew says only one book is read? Based on the group’s interest, the students and leaders may choose which book to read and whether to read the second book or not.
Where will we get the books to read? PTA will provide the books. Students will be responsible for care and return.
Awesome! What do parent volunteers do?
Parent volunteers MUST be/become MVP certified by SMSD.
Contact Rhonda Gasser, school secretary, to confirm your MVP status for 2017-18.
More information on becoming MVP certified is available in the Belinder PTA weekly newsletters or by visiting: http://www.smsd.org/community/pages/volunteering.aspx.
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