Each year at TJ Connor we have a three-week reading incentive event. We had our kick off assembly on Wed., Feb. 26 with several fun activities. Our staff got the excitement for reading dancing with books to a modified version of “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. The students loved seeing the teachers up there with posters of popular books!
We had Clifford the Big Red Dog (one of our Kindergarten teachers) discuss the reading log that students will fill out for three weeks. Students will color in a paw print for each day they read 15-20 minutes then turn in the reading logs to decorate our hallway.
Did I mention the TV Blackout night? The response was a little less enthusiastic for this on! We ask students and staff to turn off the TV for one night (the night of our kickoff assembly) and spend time reading or doing a fun non-electronic activity with family. The next day, students bring back their TV Blackout certificate to be tallied. We calculate the grade level that had the highest percentage of participants. One student wanted to know what the prize for winning was, and our principal, Mrs. Wright, said the winning grade level gets the privilege of bragging that they were the best grade level for a whole day! I love the non-material prize!
Some of our storytellers performed great poems about reading! Two girls told the story of The Three Little Pigs in alternating voice of the pig and the wolf. Another set of girls told the story of Little Red Riding Hood from Red and the Wolf’s view. One talented boy also did an enthusiastic performance of the poem “I Met a Dragon Face to Face” by Jack Prelutsky where the boy imagines himself on many different adventures when he was 10-years-old.
Our fifth graders just finished reading A Dog’s Life by Ann Martin as a class text; they were excited about the book they finished and wanted to do a volunteer project for a local animal shelter. As part of our reading incentive weeks, we will be collecting pet items for the Verona Street Shelter. The fifth grade ambassadors explained the project to the school and gave each class a laundry basket to collect items in their rooms.
All of our students were excited to start reading as they headed back to the classrooms! We have several more activities planned for our three weeks, including several “paws for reading” times (where everyone stops everything and reads for 15 minutes during the day), an author visit, and a visit from therapy dogs! It will be an exciting three weeks!