Get ready for summer reading!
That's right, motivate students to read more at home! With every five minutes of reading, kids get a block pattern to build a castle. This download offers the full instructions and patterns for two different castles.
Not ready to buy? Get a free pattern and directions to make a medieval Reading Castle Tower
How will a castle from the Middle Ages help motivate children to read?
Once again, students get one castle block for every five minutes they read. Their tower grows with each reading session. The full castle is a paid product, but the Reading Castle Tower is a free download.
Take a look at this free video that can help you to ignite your students' imaginations to the possibilities of what they can build: Motivate Kids to Read
. And enjoy the results!
How does the Reading Castle work?
For elementary school children:
Second through fifth graders can make this castle with the help of a parent or teacher. It is a visual achievement to motivate them to read more.
- You can give students one block for every five minutes of book or short story reading they do as a class or at home. As the year progresses, they can watch their classroom's castle grow.
- At home, give children one block (the size of the block doesn’t matter) for every five minutes they read. When enough blocks have been created, you can work together to create a round tower, square tower, castle walls or front entrance.
Kids will see how much they’ve read as their castle slowly rises.
For older kids:
Kids in middle and high school can use this download as a way to create a medieval castle model. The flexibility of pieces for each tower and wall allows them to create their own castle design.
- In the classroom: Making this medieval castle is a great class project for lessons on the middle ages. The whole class can work on it together.
- At home: It can be a project when learning about medieval times. In addition, it can be customized (the only limit is a tween's or teen’s imagination). Kids can have a combination of small and large towers and castle walls.
With individual elements, kids can make their own castle plan and castle model.
SL - Make a Paper Medieval Castle (Reading Castle) is copyrighted © 2017, 2016 by S. Kay Seifert. Parents and teachers may reproduce this Simple Literature product for personal use in public, private, or home-school classrooms or for their families. No part of this manuscript, project, craft, and curricula may be included in printed, web, digital, cloud, or any form of print, web, digital, cloud, or electronic curricula or content, or be distributed, personally, electronically, via the cloud, or commercially without the express written permission of S. Kay Seifert. All rights reserved. First printing, 2016.