Reading Incentive Program! School wide! Million Minute Reading Challenge!
This kit contains everything you need to organize, implement and promote reading throughout your school for twelve weeks!
The Million Minute Reading Challenge is a way for you to kick-start your school’s need for increased reading! We all know that the only way to get better at reading is to read and read a lot. This will help kids and staff to get and stay motivated!
It starts off with a Power Point presentation to staff included in this product. The presentation ties in reading achievement with independent reading and the need for reading longer and stronger. As a staff you will determine what the incentive at the end of the challenge will be if the kids reach the one million minutes of reading within the 12 week period. I have included many suggestions, as well as incentives along the way at every 100, 000 minutes. At one milestone, a book swap can be organized. Included are coupons for the book swap.
When I did this at my school, we used a huge thermometer to track the weekly progress. It was very motivating and exciting!
As a school team, you will also decide on reading logs for grades 1-5 and Kindergarten. I have included four different logs for grades 1-5 and three different logs with Kindergarten. Print each week on a different color and you are good to go!
I have included a timeline and suggestions for successful implementation. Once your staff is on board, you will need to set the dates of the challenge. I have also included a parent letter that can be edited to put in the dates of the challenge that your school chooses. The parent letter contains hyperlinks to websites for choosing books, as well as sites that promote literacy that will help kids reach the goal. This would be great to also post on the school’s website.
Next, would be the all-school assembly for the kids. The presentation I have created is a fun way to introduce the program and gear them up for the challenge. I have also included suggestions for videos on You Tube that are upbeat and a great way for kids to get excited about the challenge. You just would add a slide and add the hyperlink. At the conclusion of the assembly, I like to have everyone, staff included, bring a book and everyone reads for five minutes to start racking up the minutes. I gave out bookmarks, which I have included in this product in both color and black and white.
Daily announcements reminding kids along the way to be reading every day is essential. I have added in inspirational reading quotes that I have gathered from the internet that could be read every day during the challenge.
I have created posters (8.5 x 11) that you can hang throughout your school reminding kids to read. Lastly, I have added in a Certificate of Completion in both color and black and white to distribute at the end of the challenge in addition to the school decided incentive.
To keep track of the minutes, there are slips of paper that have each week of the challenge, a place for the teacher’s name and his/her class total number of minutes read. This is collected and added up each week with all of the other minutes and a total is added to the school thermometer (not included). This is just one way to calculate the minutes from each class. If you do not want to involve the teachers in calculating the minutes, you can provide a folder to collect the logs each week and decide as a staff who will calculate the school’s minutes each week. I have had students calculate the minutes as well as parents. Your choice! An Excel file has been created so you just need to add participating teachers’ names and minutes read for the week. Auto Sum will calculate for you! HUGE time-saver! Once you have the total minutes read by all the students, you can add the total minutes to the editable file (on trackers) that are then displayed next to the thermometer. (See cover) Kids and staff alike love to see the thermometer rise.
This product can be used year after year! It is worth its bang for the buck!
To re-cap here is what’s included in this HUGE product:
-Timeline and tips how to implement this successfully with very little prep;
-Staff Power Point presentation to create buy in! Why should we do it? What are the benefits? What’s in it for me and how much do I have to do;
-Parent Letter explaining the program with hyperlinks to resources;
-Kick-off Assembly Power Point presentation for the kids explaining the program and why we all need to read longer and stronger;
-Editable Parent Letter to explain the program as well as providing hyperlinks to resources;
-Reading logs-four different choices for grades 1-5 and three different ones Kindergarten;
-Bookmarks-in color and black and white;
-8 posters to hang throughout the school to keep kids motivated
-Little to no cost incentive suggestions for every 100,000 minutes read;
-Certificate of Completion in color and black and white;
-Quotes to be used on the daily announcements for additional motivation;
-Editable Excel Spreadsheet for tracking each class, each week;
-Editable trackers to hang each week to display the total minutes read each week on school thermometer
School thermometer for tracking minutes
Folders to collect reading logs
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