Thursday, June 25, 2015
MOTIVATE and CELEBRATE Reading!
Hey guys! It's Angie from Lucky Little Learners and I am back to talk about how I was able to motivate and celebrate reading in my classroom at the end of the year. Reflect on your classroom right now. Imagine it's the end of the year...actually last month of the school year. How were your students doing with their motivation to finish strong with their nightly reading homework? If yours were like mine, most of the parents were having a really tough time getting their students to read in the evening. It's as if they were in summer mode and we had another month to go! I knew I had to do something different. The sticker charts were losing their excitement and I didn't want to just throw in the towel just yet! That is when an idea came to my teacher brain! Introducing...READING FOR ICE CREAM!
Here's how it works: My students were required to read at home every night during the school week (weekends were optional). Parents were responsible for recording the number of minutes that their son/daughter read. This was recorded in the child's BEE Binder.
DJB Lemon Head Blocked Font and the font size was increased. Each topping was made from a piece of 11x18 piece of construction paper. I just made a tracer template and used it for each color. The cone was drawn but super easy. I laminated everything so that the students' names could be easily moved without tearing the paper. The names were laminated with a piece of tape on the back. I feel it is important to allow your students to move their own name tag. There was something rewarding and motivating about them doing this action themselves. When the day of the ice cream party finally arrived, I had plastic bowls of toppings that included M&M's, marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped cream, gummy bears, chocolate chips, Kit Kat pieces, mini Milky Way candies, Butterfinger pieces, caramel, fudge, and the list goes on. I started at the top of the chart and those who had the most toppings got to make their ice cream sundae first. It was a really fun day and the kids were beaming with pride! It was so neat to see!