Helping Your Readers Love Reading

Let these Conversation Heart Book Reviews lead to book talk and increased reading! Free materials included.

Feeling the blues? Winter getting you down? Well, how about joining me this month with sharing books you love? Today, I want to share with you something I'm very excited about called...

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.

The Plan

Let these Conversation Heart Book Reviews lead to book talk and increased reading! Free materials included.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.

Student Samples

Let these Conversation Heart Book Reviews lead to book talk and increased reading! Free materials included.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.
 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-Love-Literacy-Month-2993076

End of the Month Celebration

At the end of the month, we hosted a wonderful culminating activity with our parents. It was called, Read, Read, and Read S'more Night, and it's exactly what we say. Each teacher set up his/her classroom in a camping theme. Teachers were encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character (Mrs. Wishy Washy, the Crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit, as the Gruffalo, or even the mouse in Take a Mouse to the Movies). Teachers shared their favorite book three times and parents/students rotated every 15 minutes. At the end of each session, each teacher gave a copy of the book away to someone in the audience. (We had MANY happy kids!) . At the very end, we had s'mores and hot cocoa in the cafeteria. Here is one of my favorite pictures of the evening!

At our Read, Read, and Read S'more Night, we selected a conversation heart from each grade and that reader won a collection of books. 

A Book I Love

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thank-You-Mr-Falker-by-Patricia-Polacco-1060597
I'll close this post with sharing the 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!

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Let these Conversation Heart Book Reviews lead to book talk and increased reading! Free materials included.