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Another idea is “Purple Cow Reading Party” Like above and serve purple cows. ( a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fill the cup with grape soda pop. Or “Root beer Reading Party” (a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fill cup with root beer)
Our reading days are (half a day) "Read Across America Day" and Dr. Seuss birthday, March. Helps students earn a bunch of AR points.
I found this information recently It involves the use of plastic charms from
a company called Fitness Finders. The children get a laminated bookmark to
start with that has a hole for attaching a chain or string. You set goals in
hours read, numbers of books or pages, etc. When they meet the goal, (each 5
books or 5 hours, etc) they receive a charm to add to the bookmark. I may
try it this coming year and have individual goals according to each child’s
reading level. Here’s the site link-
http://fitnessfinders.net/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=F&Category_Code=ILTRP You’ll have to scroll down to see the charms & bookmarks
Blockbuster -free kids video rental
Krispy Kreme-free donuts for A’s
Shoney’s – gives all kinds of free treats
McDonalds – coupons for free treats ---reading incentive program
Outback – gives free kids meal coupons
Longhorn – give free kids meal coupons
Duckin Donuts – give coupons for completing homework
Office Max and Office Depot – give you free ream of paper for an empty ink cartridge or toner you take in. One only per visit. ---in Kansas, don’t know about other states…
Pizza Hut -reading program runs from Oct to March. Request as soon as possible. Free pizza, pins, posters and a pizza party in March. It is called Book-it…. Go to Pizza Hut, click on Book-it reading awards. Good by it’s self and works great with AR program. Highlight magazine – will give you a bunch of free stickers and stuff. Send home sample and tell students (you get free stickers and all they have to do is return the form) They do not have to buy the magazine. Could do this during open house.
Make and laminate bookmarks
Make certificates for end of school. Make sure everyone gets one. One can be for number of books read. (announce number read by the top three only) print first place on blue, Second on red, third on red and rest on white.
Check out books, tapes and videos from your public library. They will usually let you keep longer than normal for class room use… Many parents will donate books that their kids have out grown when they clean their rooms. Add a note to the first of year letter stating you would like all their no longer used books when they clean out their children’s rooms.
AR program. Tally the number of books that students read and let them know how many books the class read the year before them. Set up a visual (graph) so they can see how far they have to go to reach the class's goal. It was exciting and we celebrated when we reached 1037 books last year as a class. Some students are more involved than others, I just take those who are not reading and try and find another idea to "hook" them into reading.
BOOK CLUB ---Harry Potter, hardy Boys, Boxcar Children, Narnia Chronicles, Berenstain Bears, Clifford, Dr. Seuss and etc. Each child that reads five books of same series at 80% AR score to be a club member. Club members receive their names on the bulletin board in the hall, a reading button, make these and after the club has ten members, they meet in the library for lunch with a free cup of ice cream. The group discusses the series and vote on their favorite. We also put gummed stars by their name on a poster outside the library.
BOOK BAG IDEAS
Arthur D.W. --- http://pbskids.org/arthur/print/playmaker/script/index.html This is a wonderful Arthur site. A play script. Mask patterns to make. Arthur bookmarks. Include a bookmark for student to color. You can cover them with contact paper to make each one really special, after they finish the Arthur Bag.... Include different mask each week and put on a class play at the end of school... You could laminate the mask and put the play on several times so all students get to be a part. Plays are another fun way to read.
http://randomhouse.com/kids/magictreehouse activities to go with Magic School House Books
Send note home at open house or the first day telling about the certificates for end of school, request Box Tops 4 Education
Office Depot and Office Max –in Kansas—give you a free ream of copy paper for every empty ink cartridge or toner you take in. Only one per visit. You can write a grant asking for supplies. Ones I've heard about are Wal-mart, Office Depot, Office Max. I'd get an 800 number off the www and call them asking about getting money to buy a computer for your room or whatever you need. $500 to $1000 dollars is what I've heard.
A great way to add books to your classroom library….
Our school saves "Box Tops 4 Education". We bought larger size dorm refrigerators for each of our lower grade classrooms, Christmas trees, books (the special extras) using money from this program. There are lots of brands that have the coupons on their labels. Some of them are
Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Hamburger Helper, Campbell Soup,
and more. Go to boxtops4education.com and get the details. Pick
out something you want to spend your money on. Tell your students about
the program ---ask them to have mom and dad, grandparents, aunts and
uncles to save box tops, Send notes home with a list of the
participating companies. Also ask local organizations, nursing homes,
cafes and etc to save boxtops for your class project. ---there is a
list of brands listed at the web site. Each box top coupon is worth ten
cents and you can spend it for your hearts desire. Have fun.
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