This is one of my favorite ways to have students read! This reading challenge motivates students to collect as many leaves as possible. I usually challenge them over anywhere from a 2-4 week period. Kids love the interactive nature of an activity like this and they love to talk about their books. It’s a WIN-WIN!
Determine with your students how much time they need to read to earn a leaf. In lower grades, 10 minutes might be enough. For my students in 6th grade, each leaf is 30 minutes. After they finish the reading activity on the leaf, they cut it out, color it, and tape or glue it to the tree. At the end of the month, they turn in their trees and you have students who’ve enjoyed reading just for the sake of reading. How cool is that?
I often celebrate the turn-in date with students. Apple cider and popcorn or graham crackers sounds about right for this time of year! You can decide if you want to reward their reading with an activity or treat. On the day that we celebrate, students meet in small groups so that they can talk about their books; their classmates record the books they're interested in on their wishliststs.
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