I usually save poetry for the end of the year. There are so many fun poems to keep kids engaged. Bruce Lasky is one of our favorite poets. He writes some really great school themed poems.Angela
I love teaching poetry! I usually save it for the end of the year also:)Jennie
I save many of my favorite Magic Tree House mysteries to share aloud with the group during April and May. We do a thematic study of the places Jack and Annie time travel to and compare what is real in each adventure to what is not real! Many of my students are finally ready to read these chapter books independently at this time of year, so the their interest/eagerness is rejuvenated and renewed!
Love it! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!Jennie
I LOVE this idea!
When I taught first grade, we did an Ice Cream Sundae challenge for the last month or so of school. They got to complete an ice cream scoop for books read at home or school. In order to get the ice cream sundae, they had to have a certain number of scoops! They LOVED it! ChandraTeaching with Crayons and Curls
That's the gist of what we are doing. Our classroom goal is to read 500 books for the month to get the ice cream. Every 25 books read after that, they will get a topping to put onto their ice cream. To add the fun, we are having a little challenge between my classroom and my teaching partner's classroom. Thanks for sharing!Jennie
Our school pushes AR like crazy. My first graders have been meeting their goals all throughout the year, but I have to now get them ready for second grade so I have almost all of them reading chapter books. Because they are high achieving, they have to be prepared for the intense reading in the Gifted/high achieving class next year. Since last month we have been doing "Chapter Book Challenge"! The kids are obsessed with adding tallies by their name each time they pass an AR quiz with a score of 80% or higher. I am currently in the process of creating a bar graph like you have for them to track their chapter book progress. It has really taken the fear of long books away and allowed them to truly enjoy reading!
I had students create a list of projects they would like to work on. I selected some fantastic mystery. The students are able to choose a mystery and choose the project they would like to complete. They are very excited to start reading and work on their reading and their projects. MaryFit to be Fourth
A few times a year, and more often towards the end of the year, I give out raffle tickets for each day of the week that students read. Then at the end of each week or each month, depending on how immediately they need a reward at that time of year, I pull out some raffle tickets and award prizes (of small things, like stickers). The more raffle tickets they have in the tub the better their chance of winning!JemimaLuck's Little Learners
This time of the year in first grade is so fun because most of the kids have a good enough grasp of reading to do more independent reading, so for the last two months of school, once testing is done, we do reading book clubs with the leveled readers. I give them the books to read and a comprehension assignment to complete together, then I call them back to me one group at a time to discuss their books and go over their assignment. The kids love it.
We do our first ever novel study with Charlotte's Web at the end of the year, they love it! I must admit that I am lucky and usually my kids are motivated to read all year.Sara Frampton's FUNdamentals