I want my students to rest and enjoy the holidays over winter break, but it is also important for them to spend time reading and writing. Two weeks out of school can cause some set backs if they do not keep practicing. So, I ask my students to spend 10 days, during the break, practicing to read and write for at least 20 minutes. I give them the 10 journal pages and let them decide which days they will read and write. Each journal page has a place for them to record the date, book read, time spent reading, and number of pages read. There is a place for them to write a summary of what they read and another space for them to journal. Each day has a different topic for students to write about. Journal topics include writing about the various things they are doing over the break, favorite winter activities, and creative writing pieces with a winter theme. If you work for a school with a shorter break, you can decide how many days you would like them to practice and only send home journal pages for those days. For example, if you are only requiring students to read and write 6 days, then only send home 6 journal pages. I offer incentives to students who bring their completed journal pages back to school and almost always receive completed journals from every student.
For teachers who just want their students to practice reading over the break, a reading log is included for students to record the date, what they read, and how long they read. There is also a place for an adult to sign, confirming the student actually did read that day.
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