Summer Reading Challenges

As a kid, one of my favorite aspects of summer vacation was all the reading time. Even better was when I had a goal I was trying to reach. My town had a Read-a-Thon for each grade in elementary school and I wanted to win a medal sooooo badly. Prizes were determined based on how many pages students read during the summer, so I took my reading extremely seriously. I never won my medal (although I can still tell you who did) but that incentive gave me an extra boost to read.

If you’re looking for ways to motivate kids to read, check out some of the ideas below.

Summer reading programs at your local/school library– I volunteer at my local library once a month, and it is covered with summer reading ideas for kids. There are workshops, activities, and a summer reading club. There are also story times, BYOB (bring your own book) events and mommy and me reading times.

Barnes and Nobles Book Challenge– Barnes and Nobles is holding a summer reading challenge for kids where they can earn a free book! Kids fill out a reading journal and once they have read 8 books they are eligible for a free book based on their grade. For more details, click here.

Scholastic Read-A-Palooza– This is a totally awesome challenge. According to Scholstic, “Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.” But wait, it gets even better!! When kids collectively reach certain reading minute milestones, Scholastic, in collaboration with United Way, will donate books to kids in need across the US!! To sign up to be part of this AMAZING challenge, click here.

Brightly Reading Challenge- I’m a Brightly fan (check out my ideas on using Mad Libs here). This year they have separate reading challenges for preschoolers- teens. I love that they give kids different reading ideas that are age appropriate. They also provide paths to additional reading lists. To see these ideas, click here.

 

Mad Libs in the Classroom and at Home

I recently teamed up with Brightly, an online resource from Penguin Random House, that helps anyone working with kids become lifelong readers. They have a fantastic FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for kids. I was beyond excited when presented with this opportunity because this is a fabulous resource for parents and teachers. This post is sponsored.

As a teacher and reading specialist, I have seen my fair share of student writing , including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Many of my weak writers struggled with foundational writing skills, including parts of speech and grammar.

I spent four years teaching sixth grade language arts and realized that this was a make it or break it year for foundational writing skills. The curriculum expectations of students requires them to include more in the content of their writing (textual evidence, clear arguments) because by this time students should have mastered parts of speech and sentence structure. However, many students need a little more time in developing these skills, so incorporating grammar activities is extremely important at the upper elementary and middle school levels. Mad Libs

Kids see grammar as boring, so it’s imperative that educators (and parents) make the practice of these elements engaging. The use of technology is one of the most popular ways to engage students. Brightly has done this with the FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for kids. Check out the options

Downloadable Mad Libs in the Classroom

There are various ways to use this fabulous resource in the classroom, and below are some of my favorite ideas.

  1. Center activity. Centers are one of my favorite instructional activities for students at any grade level. It not only promotes independence and personal practice time, but it also allows teachers to create activities that students will benefit from completing. The FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids provides teachers with convenience. Any time teachers can avoid the copy machine is a blessing.
  2. Substitute plans. I think most teachers will agree that it’s harder to take a sick day sometimes because of the amount of work that goes into the sub plans. The FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids takes care of this stress. Simply leave directions for your students on how to access the activities and you’re good to go!
  3. Additional practice. This is the time of year for fall parent-teacher conferences. There are always parents looking for ways to help their children build their skills at home. The FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids is a great suggestion for parents because it’s easy to use, portable, and can be used for every age level.

Downloadable Mad Libs at Home

  1. Family activity. Life is hectic and crazy between soccer practice, violin lessons, and homework. It is important for families to come together during the week to reconnect and catch up. The FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids provides families with fun-filled activities for the whole family that will be engaging, entertaining, and educational.
  2. On the go. In previous posts I’ve discussed the importance of reading while on the go, and the FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids enables families to take writing activities with them wherever they go. While waiting for a doctor or driving in the car going, kids can have fun while learning.
  3. Extended school breaks. Many parents want their children to be constantly surrounded by academic activities all year round, even during school breaks and vacations. The FREE downloadable Mega Pack of Mad Libs for Kids supplies parents/guardians with an easy-to-use resource that is fun and exciting.

To learn more about Brightly their fabulous resources, go to http://www.readbrightly.com.