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Old 02-11-2019, 08:21 PM
 
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Help!!! Our principal gave me the go ahead to organize a Read Across America event for our school. We are TK - 6th and I need ideas!!!

It is a minimum day, but I want it to be a maximum fun reading day.


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Old 02-12-2019, 03:31 AM
 
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We have guest readers bring a favorite book of theirs to read to classes. These include people from across the school system as well as the community.

Some classes also do “dress up as a book character”. You could also do a parade.
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We do a full day of reading fun at our school!

* Middle or high school class comes to read a Dr Seuss story to each of our classrooms
* Door or bulletin board decorating contest for teachers - we have some of our oldest students judge and the winning classroom receives a few books for their class library
* Assembly with readers theaters, classes can sign up to do something (things like a K class that does their letters/sounds beginning of the day song for us, a teacher might have a few kids read something), a couple of Dr Seuss themed minute to win it type games, and a fun brain break dance
* Hallway read in - the principal announces over the intercom. Everyone goes into the hallway and reads for 15 minutes. Our older kids go down to the kinder rooms and they read together in the hall
* Read-a-thon chain - students track any books they read that day with a paper chain and we combine it to display afterwards
* Grade level Dr Seuss projects - we have a book and art/writing project for each grade level. Our academic specialists (reading, ESL, SPED, math) schedule time in classrooms to read the story and lead the art project (teacher stays in the room and helps). To make it easier for us, we keep the book and project the same for that grade level so we don't have to think to hard about it at this point.
* Crazy hair and socks day - we do a fun dress up day for the students. Teachers at our building go all out to dress up Seuss style. (It's kind of a "once a year" thing at our school - we don't do a lot of fun themed dress days) Lots of the grade level teams get together and dress the same or dress like a theme of one of the Seuss books
* Math games - our math specialist has pulled together some Seuss themed math games and resources that she shares with the staff to use if they'd like

This year we are also going to make a bulletin board backdrop and print some photobooth type props so we can take pictures for our school photos bulletin board collage.

I work on a team of 7 people that pull all of this together and we built it up over a few years of events. I hope some of this will be helpful for you!
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I got it! Thank you!
Old 02-12-2019, 11:42 PM
 
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We will have:

community readers
door decorating
dress up each day (based on a book title)
reader’s theater
photo backdrop

Thanks for responding everyone and giving me that extra push to do what is right for our kids. I will tell you how it goes.
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How about a book swap which allows students to recycle their books and get a chance to see what their peers read?


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