So, I have, quite possibly, the best elementary school librarian ever in my school building. She is so in tune with what kids want to read, is constantly adding new books to our library, and works so hard to make sure kids are acknowledged for reading successes and accomplishments.
For reading month, she orchestrated a month-long "Amazing Race" complete with daily challenges where a student from each classroom had to listen to a clue on the announcements, race to find the "marker", find the question inside for his/her classroom, race back, read the question, write down the answer, and return it to the library for bonus points!
Kids completed a reading "passport" that had them reading 7 different genres and taking tons of AR tests... each class had a marker on this bulletin board in the hallway and she moved the pieces along the path according to how many points the class had accumulated. Each grade level needed a different number of points to move a continent. We needed 50 classroom points to move to the next continent...
Here's another view of the bb...
The kids checked it every morning before school and couldn't wait to leave at the end of the day to check it again!
Each grade level had one winning class... the class that reached North America first! It was mine! My kids were so excited... we had to wait until an assembly after spring break to find out who won and mine were on pins and needles! One of my girlies said, "Yes! I always knew were were awesome!" when we took our trophy back to the classroom!
All together, for the month of March, here is how many books were checked out of the library, AR points were accumulated school-wide, and how many words were read by students in my building...
Do you see those cards between the points and words signs? Each class had tons of those squares- the "vehicle" on them matched each class' marker on the main BB. For every 100% on an AR test, students wrote their name on the paper for their class and dropped it off at the library. Those are hung all up and down our hallway. It's pretty impressive!
I'm proud to say that my 3rd graders got almost 600 of those points in the month of March!
How did you celebrate Reading Month in your school?
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