So, your school has decided to abandon the Accelerated Reader program because of (lack of funds....or the questions aren't high enough on Bloom's ..... or the admin doesn't understand or like AR) insert said cause. Boo-hoo!! I guess not everyone loves AR, but I was a fan, after using it successfully to encourage student-selected reading for 5 years-- I was at a bit of a loss without this tool!!
Now what? This was the question I was faced with as a new librarian in a school which had been without AR for 3 years, and had seen student reading decrease rapidly without any reading program.
After 3 years of thinking, planning, tweaking, talking, brainstorming.... this is the alternative to AR that I came up with for our school. It's called The Library Lottery, and it can be used 2nd-12th grades.
This program guide is designed to get your creative juices working!! It’s not meant to be an exact blue-print for you or your school to copy (although you certainly can!) It took 3 painful, experimental years for us to come up with this program, and it’s a living, breathing program. We will continue to tweak and adjust to fit the needs of our students and schools. For the time being, The Library Lottery is serving as an acceptable, although not perfect, replacement for AR. Would I take back AR if given the chance? Probably!! But, when AR is not an option, I believe The Library Lottery is a reasonable and solid alterative to using Accelerated Reader as a reading incentive!
This system is not without flaws, and the method for determining if a student read his/her book or not, requires a bit of work on the part of the teacher (in the form of a short book talk/discussion.) BUT, after 3 years of struggling for a solution, this is the BEST alternative our school could find to using AR, and I hope if you are faced with the situation that we found ourselves, you will find this alternative program helpful to reviving a love of reading in your students!
This guide contains:
- The history behind The Library Lottery
- The method for rewarding for books read
- The prize methods and suggestions for prizes
- Printable Lottery Ticket Templates for 20, 25, and 30 point lotteries (whichever you prefer)
- Printable book log templates (choice of 2)
- Printable book talk discussion guided questions
Check out our book recommendation posters to keep your kids reading!!!
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Keep students reading with these colorful book recommendation posters!