The class I teach at co-op is a combination reading and writing class: my goal is to help the kids in class learn to approach literature, and really any book they read, with a critical eye. Can they predict what happens? Can they see the evidence in the text to support their arguments?
It’s a challenge to work with kids from ages 5 to 10. They are at all different levels! But I have found that many picture books can be read and appreciated by all ages, and both the younger and older kids have been getting something out of this class.
To encourage reading at home besides what I do in our weekly class, I have created a “reading challenge” for the students to participate in. Badges for Book is a simple way to encourage a diverse diet of reading, and I’ve found it allows kids to choose books at their own reading level to complete the “challenge.”
Badges for Books is a simple two-page double sided booket with recording lines for books of different genres and subject. The genres I’ve included are the following: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Science, Sports, Animals, Best Friends, Scary, Funny, Biography, Poetry, History and three “Your Choice” categories. When a child finishes a book in each category, I cut out a colorful circle for him or her to paste into the booklet. When all of the badges have been glued in, the students gets a simple certificate of completion!
It did not work for all of the students. One informed me she just didn’t really care. But nevertheless, the majority were excited to get “badges” and were delighted when they finished their chart.
Do you do any kind of reading challenge with your students?
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