Get students to read more . . . and want to! In this free download, you'll get full instructions and the pattern for kids to make a Reading Castle Tower.
That's right! Motivate kids to read more with this amazing Reading Castle Tower project. Made from ordinary copy paper, this castle tower from the Middle Ages grows as kids read!
How does this project work?
For every five minutes that kids read, they get a block to build their reading tower.
The tower can be as small as
- 36 blocks (3 hours of reading — nine 20-minute sessions).
- 72 blocks (6 hours of reading — eighteen 20-minute sessions)
- 144 blocks (12 hours of reading — thirty-six 20-minute sessions)
Are you looking for more motivation or a bigger project? Make the full Medieval Reading Castle
How might you use this amazing FREE resource or the full Reading Castle?
1) Give parents the URL to download this free resource and ask students to build their castle tower at home with their parents, getting one brick for every five minutes of reading.
2) OR print a copy of the blocks so that every five minutes of short stories or book chapters that you read in class are worth one block. Then build this reading tower as a class so students can physically see how much you’ve read in class during a quarter.
3) OR give students this URL to download the reading tower blocks so they can build their own reading tower during the summer. It's a great way to encourage them to read all summer. Ask them to take photos of their towers or castles to show you next school year.
Use this reading tower download to help motivate your children to read during the school year or as a summer project. For every five minutes of reading (independent reading, reading as a family, reading aloud, etc.), your children receive one tower block. The tower or castle works as a visual achievement. The more kids read, the higher their castle will grow.
This is a free download, but this material is not in the public domain. It is copyrighted:
SL - Motivate Kids to Read: Reading Castle Tower is copyrighted © 2017, 2016 by S. Kay Seifert. Parents and teachers may reproduce this Simple Literature booklet and activities for personal use in public, private, or home-school classrooms or for their families. No part of this manuscript and curricula may be included in printed, Web, digital, cloud, or any form of print, Web, digital, cloud, or electronic curricula or content, or be distributed, personally, electronically, via the cloud, or commercially without the express written permission of S. Kay Seifert. All rights reserved. First printing: 2016.