The students will practice text dependent questions, text features, point of view, comparing and contrasting, inferences, moral of the story, main idea and detail, and character traits in this ENGAGING Back to School challenge. The students will go through a series of eight challenges. Each challenge will require them to complete a reading activity. Each activity will earn them a school supply. Once completing the eight challenges and earning their school supplies they will get to get on the "bus" for the first day of school!
These challenges are a great way to assess students at the beginning of the year. You can see what skills they know well and what you need to focus on to start the year.
Read a story and answer questions to show understanding of the text.
Students will look at pictures and determine which ones are text features. They will have to name the text feature and what role in plays in nonfiction writing.
The students will read 4 different points of view of the first day of school and match them with the object.
Compare and contrast two versions of the same story
Students will look at pictures and captions, and then make inferences from them.
Read a story and determine the central message or moral of the story.
The students will read a nonfiction piece about the history of education. They will then create a collage using a bus stating the main idea and four supporting details.
The students will look at three different character snapshots. They will then have to determine a character trait for each character and provide proof of that trait.
For this challenge all you need is to set up a "bus" in the middle of the room. This can be done by simply just setting up chairs in a row or you can turn it into a full transformation. Then, when students earn their way on the bus you have games, technology, or books waiting for them! All students have to complete the challenges before the bus leaves! When they all complete you can do a fake ride to the first day of school. I usually reward my kids with popsicles or extra recess when they complete it!
This is a great challenge that is fun and engaging to students while being rigorous and practices many skills that students need! Plus, it is great for assessment!
This has a Google Drive version and a paper version.
If you want challenges for the whole year check out the link below!
Reading Skill Bundle