Do your students dread completing their silent reading homework? Do their eyes roll when you pass out the recording sheets? Lead students to discover the answer to the age old question: "Why do I have to do silent sustained reading?"
Here is a math based practice page that should answer the question for them. In this editable version, students must calculate the number of minutes a week they are assigned to read silently, calculate how much that is a week, determine how much it is for the entire school year, and figure the equivalent of how many days of school instructional minutes they miss when they do not read. They also reflect upon various careers and how much daily reading is involved to be successful in those careers...NBA star negotiating a contract, astronaut on the International Space Station, president preparing for a summit meeting.
Start the year off by impressing upon students and their parents the importance of reading every day.
(The math is at a high 4th grade level and involves long division and multiplication.)