Sadly, not every student is as much of a book worm as I am. There are many reasons that they avoid reading, but some reasons include frustration, motivation, time, interest, access to books at home, and a lack of a role model reading at home. As an Instructional Coach I've become all too aware of the pressures of improving reading scores - especially since we have to report data out to the state! These numbers make it seem like we only want to focus on reading fluency, or reading fast, but there's much more to reading than that! Like many schools out there, next year my building will be working to improve our reading scores, but above seeing the all important proficiency percentages increase, I want our students to find the love of reading. Knowing we have room for improvement, I began brainstorming ways my building could model and instill the love of reading, while still working towards mandated goals and expectations. What I came up with was a school wide reading theme "Home Run Readers." Baseball is huge in our building, our principal has even gone to Russia to umpire games, and I knew baseball would be a great fit. Once I had the theme, it was time to figure out a structure that would work for our students and staff.
While I have the basics nailed down, I am adding new ideas daily to expand and improve the reading theme for next year. The photos below show the documents I've made and will be sharing with students and staff. I can't wait to share how the reading theme and journey goes! If you'd like me to share any of these resources with you, please let me know!
Here's the structure as of now:
Theme: Home Run Readers
Goal: Promote reading in and out of the classroom.
- Classroom fluency work: Repeated readings with partners, whole class, teacher, etc.
- Teacher read aloud
- Word Work: Greek and latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, word sorts, spelling
- Independent reading
- Shared reading
- Comprehension skill practice
- Optional Home Run Readers sheet: 80 minutes = 1 home run. Each home run = 1 entry in weekly prize drawing for books
- Weekly Reading Drawing
- Home Run Readers theme
- 'Insta-hit' book recommendation on Instagram board in library. This will include photos of teachers, staff, and students reading their favorite or recommended books. (Photo coming soon)
- Reading activities (all school read-a-thon, reading buddies, guest readers, etc.)
- End of year celebration
- Baseball and reading themed parent night
- Use school social media to showcase readers
- Promote reading at home through handouts, book drives, etc.