This year was the first year I had to really get the majority of my students interested in chapter books. Fourth grade is usually that transitional year when picture books are left behind, but that was not the case for me this year.
I decided to set clear goals for my students and provide a variety of incentives for them, so that they could see the worth in reading chapter books. As a class, we agreed on certain requirements, as well as attainable rewards for those students who met the goals.
Some examples of my own rewards include: first choice with the classroom Scholastic book order, use of certain technology tools in the classroom, access to playground balls, etc. Students are REALLY GOOD about coming up with this list. I highly suggest you let them brainstorm.
Each week I check their progress and if they have met their goals, then they get a VIP button. I have included a template to use in the packet.
I have left many areas blank so that you may structure your own classroom goals accordingly. I recommend either laminating these pages or placing them in a paper protector slip and using a dry erase marker for repeated use. I hope this helps your little ones get excited about reading and setting goals!