Are you an Australian teacher wanting your students to read more, independently, for leisure, at home, or during Reading Workshops?
This Read Around Australia 16 Book Challenge may be just what you need to encourage your students to read more widely and independently.
Students are encouraged to read 16 books in total (two per Australian State or Territory). The students complete a reading passport as they travel around Australia. They cut and paste one of the book icons into their “passports” each time they have completed a book and they record the title, author and a review of the book within their passports.
Teachers have the discretion to decide whether this challenge is completed over a term, a semester or a school year, depending on the age and the stage of the students.
There is also an Australian map that can be enlarged and laminated and kombi vans that the students can either colour, or there are two different coloured versions that can be printed (and possibly laminated for ongoing use, with the students writing their names with a whiteboard marker so they can be re-used). Students write their names on their kombi van and move it around the map of Australia as they progress through the challenge.
Certificates are included for those students who complete the challenge, and also for those who show great improvement in their independent reading throughout the challenge period.
Please let me know if you would be interested in an even smaller challenge of maybe 8 books per term/semester if you are teaching learning support students or in the early years, or a 36 book challenge for older students, or if you would like the challenge to address specific titles within the space of a unit of work.
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