Welcome to an adventure in reading!

2015 Challenge

This year I have decided to challenge my students to read 2015 books by the end of the year. We will do this as a group and the teachers’ books will count. I have hung a poster that says 2015 Book Challenge on the wall. When the students finish a book they can add a small book cutout with their names on it to the poster. Doing the chalenge as a group should help motivate them to complete the chalenge and keep reading. This way all students at every level can add to the group’s total. It will also allow them to read books that they enjoy and not have to read a book in a particular genre to participate.

I am also challenging my students to a 2015 challenge fir our military members that we adopted through I am going to have them make cards, write letters, and draw pictures for them. I want all of them to add up to at least 2015 items to send. I have made a 2015 Smiles poster to hang up. I am going to have the students hang a smiley face cutout on the poster every time they finish something for the soldiers. I will have them put their names on the cutouts so that they can seed how many smiles they have sent. This will be an ongoing community service project that teaches them to think about others.

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Reading Goals

I always tell my students to set reading goals because it will help motivate them to read even more. Once they have met their goals, I tell them to set new goals. It is important to set realistic reading goals or they may become discouraged and not read. It is also important reading goals are not so easy that you don’t read much at all. There are many different types of reading goals that you can set for yourselves or help your child set.

  • One goal is to read a certain number of pages in a day, month, or year.
  • Another fun goal is to read the books in a certain series or by a certain author in a set period of time.
  • If you want to do something different, set a family or class goal to see how many pages you can read in a month.
  • This past year the entire school tried to read a book from a specific genre each month. This helped them find new genres that they enjoyed.
  • Keep a book log of books read that includes the date finished, the name of the book, the author, and the number of pages.

My Book Log

My students said that they were more motivated to read when they set a reading goal because they were trying to read their more than their set goal. They also were surprised to see how many pages they could read in one month. If setting a reading goal for number of pages in too overwhelming then you could set a goal to read a certain number of minutes each day, week, or month. Setting reading goals is a good way to get yourself or your child to read more.

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