Activities to make the READing in MS Read-A-Thon fun for everyone!
Check out this great list of ideas to encourage reading in your class or school!
Also, trying to connect with older students can sometimes be challenging, see what ideas may work for your students!
Every time a student finishes a book have them write their name on a book shaped paper and post it in the hallway. See how far your school's Book Line- Up can reach!
Post signs in classrooms and libraries with book titles you recommend.
Reading Buddies or Book Clubs
Partner individual or groups of older students with younger ones and have them read to each other!
A motivational technique from the original MS Read-A-Thon in 1977: Teachers, students and staff were to carry a book with them everywhere they went. When a read alert was announced over the P.A. system everyone had to stop what they were doing and read for the designated amount of time!
Ask your class or smaller groups of students to read the same book. Follow up with a group discussion on the book!
Be a Critic
Have students write reviews of the books they have read. Pass them around the class, send them to our website or to a book review contest usually held by major bookstores.
Author Fan Letter
Students could write a letter to their favorite author. They can tell them why they liked their book and about their success with the MS Read-A-Thon!