I am so beyond excited about this month! March is the month that the famous Dr. Seuss is celebrated, and if you know anything about me, I absolutely love him as an author. I even memorized a whole book in high school for a speech. His creativity in his original works is absolutely phenomenal. He paved the way for many kids (and adults) to absolutely adore reading.
In honor of all things that have to do with Dr. Seuss and reading, this month my class is having a reading road trip contest. I got the idea of a reading contest from a teacher that I grew up around. I took her idea with her help and tips and adapted it for my classroom.
Here’s how it works:
- There’s a map in progress around our room. Students receive a small rectangle with their name on it for each 20 pages that they read. Just like a road map, these rectangles mark paths to different cities on the walls in our classroom. It helps them to meet some major goals in pages read!
- There’s a weekly reading log sent home every Monday. I’ll collect the old ones on Monday and track their progress with the rectangles. The parents must sign to verify the students are actually reading.
- At the end of the month, the top three students with the most rectangles will get a reward. You’ll have to see what that is later.
It’s so simple and encourages to read something that interests them. I’m convinced that if we can whet students’ appetites for good literature they won’t be able to get enough of it. So look out local library! My students are coming your way!