We 💗 Literacy Month
Yes, original sounding I know, but it's short, sweet, and to the point. The kiddos at my school love reading, and they're doing great with our incentive program, 40 Book Challenges, and other plans the classroom teachers use, but we wanted to spread the love so to speak. Here is how it's going to work.
During the month, we are having our students complete heart shaped book reviews independently, in their classrooms, or with their parents (Pre K and Kindergarten) at home. The hearts will be printed on pink paper and will be strung throughout the halls for the children to see/read. Why? Well, these "conversation hearts" will lead to book talk about what the kids are reading, what they loved, and what they should plan to read. I can't tell you how excited I am about the event. I am hopeful that it will lead to increased reading and growth.
Below, here's an example of the kindergarten review. In this "student" sample,
I the student drew a picture of the spider in a tree which is one of the scenes in the book.
In the example above, the student wrote about the book, Because of Winn Dixie. This one is from a fourth grade girl, and it includes more detail. The pages allow extended response down to draw and label.
Love this Idea?
So, ready to jump in and do it in your school too? No problem! I'd love to have this done at any school that's interested, and I'm sharing the materials to make it easy for you. With this freebie, please feel free to make as many copies as you need or modify the letter as you like. I included our school's parent letter as well as a blank template that you can use to create your own. Simply type up the letter in Word and print like you would on stationary. I hope we can spread the love of reading to all of our students.
A Book I Love
I'll close this post with sharing a book I love. Patricia Polacco is my all time favorite author, and the book I love most of hers is Thank You Mr. Falker. Why do I love it? Well, it is the story of many students I've taught. Patricia's story gives them hope and courage to work hard and not give up. She inspires readers that they can do anything they put their mind to, and finally, bullies are just not worth the time and energy they get. If you love this book too and would like to teach it, I do have a unit I've used with it. You can check that out with the image to the right. Have a great week, and enjoy the freebie!