Use this reading racers template to encourage students to actually be reading during their literacy block. Tell students that you will be looking up at a random time to see who is reading. Those who are reading will receive a check, those who are not will not get a check for the day. At the end of the week, the students with the most checks get a reward. I gave my students a simple ribbon certificate that they love.
I laminated mine and can use it week after week, year after year.
My students love this motivational piece to our literacy time. It really made them all get right to their reading and boosted up their stamina!