This Saturday, September 6th, 2014, is National Read a Book Day.
Encourage your students to celebrate reading with their families. Send our friendly letter, book review template, and our Read, Roll, and Talk game home with each of your students.
Begin by helping each of your students select a book that they would like to take home to read with their family. This might be a favorite from the library, or one that they are working on in your small groups.
After each of your students has selected a book to take home, distribute a copy of the friendly letter template. Work with your students to complete the friendly letter to their parents. They will fill in the title of the book that want to share along with the due date for their book review, and some personalized information about their expectations for reading together.
Next provide each student with 2 copies of the book review template. One to use a rough draft, and one to use as a final draft. When all of the students bring their book reviews back to school, you can invite them to share their reviews in front of the class, or divide students into smaller groups for sharing. Then you might choose to display the book reviews in the hall or in your classroom library. You could also compile all of the reviews into one classroom book as a way to commemorate National Read a Book Day.
Last, provide students with a copy of the paper dice and a copy of Read, Roll, and Talk (there are 2 versions included in the set of activities – one for upper elementary and one for lower). Be sure to read the game board together and discuss any questions that the students may have prior to sending the game board home.
We wish you a Very Happy National Reading Day!