Are your students up for this exciting 20 day reading challenge?! The Read-A-Thon is a fun way to get your students engaged in reading. Throughout the school year, students collect a treasury of reading minutes and travel to the wonderful places found within the pages of their books. End the year with a BANG! and help instill a passion for reading they will take with them throughout life. For this Read-A-Thon, students read for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (including weekends).
Documents included with your purchase:
1. Parent letter explaining the Read-A-Thon
2. Parent letter informing parents of the in-class Read-A-Thon day and what students may bring to school on this day (pajamas, blanket, snack, drink...)
3. Student/teacher goal setting conference sheet
4. Bookmarks with inspirational reading quotes that students can color and decorate
5. Read-A-Thon Accountability Form - this page is editable so that you can add in your own start and end dates. This page also requires parents to initial each day after students record their reading minutes.
6. Book Recommendation cards for classmates
7. Book Cards - students earn a Book Card when they finish a book. Students are required to fill out information on the front and back of the card, then they can post their book cards in a visual spot in the classroom for motivation.
Ideas for implementing the Read-A-Thon:
1. Kick things off by having a Scholastic Book Frenzy - allow students to search through Scholastic order booklets and make wish lists. They can order books at home or you can order with teacher points. Also encourage students to visit the public library and school library.
2. Build book anticipation by holding a book raffle - share student and teacher top picks, display the books, and raffle the book to one lucky student.
3. Hold student/teacher conferences to set goals and make a plan using the "Student/Teacher Conference" sheet.
4. Allow students to write and give book recommendations to classmates using the "Book Recommendation" cards.
5. Give students bookmarks with inspirational reading quotes they can decorate and use - you might also choose to laminate them.
6. Host a class Read-A-Thon day dedicated to reading! Invite mystery readers and give ample time for students to read choice books around the room with blankets, pajamas, snacks, and drink. Any and all activities involve reading on this day!
7. Allow students to share the previous day's reading during the first 5-10 minutes of each morning. They can share their total minutes read the previous day, the book they read, and where they left off in their book.
8. At the end of the Read-A-Thon, hold a celebration. Award students who read the most minutes. Students can decorate signs with the number of books they've read throughout the school year, or simply throughout the Read-A-Thon challenge. Share favorite books and books students still wish to read!
I hope you and your students enjoy this challenge! I very much appreciate feedback and love hearing how you implement this in your classroom.