Dr. Tim Rasinski and Dr. Danny Brassell have been researching, writing, and talking about reading development for years. They speak to standing-room-only audiences everywhere. Here they offer five fun and easy ideas for developing student interest in reading. Give them a try!Blog Discounts

1) Reading Necklaces—Go to a handicraft store and purchase an inexpensive bead kit. Give each of your students a plastic necklace, and every time they read a book, they earn a bead for their necklace. Students walk around the room proudly showing off their necklaces to one another: “Oh, you are a very wise reader. You have many beads.”

2) Green Light: Go—Get some circle stickers in green, yellow, and red. Create a wall chart or a notebook for students to keep records of the books they like, ones they think are so-so, and ones they don’t like. When students read a book they like, encourage them to place a green sticker beside the book title on the wall chart. If they read a so-so book, they can place a yellow sticker on the chart. If they read a book they do not like, they can identify it with a red sticker on the chart. Once a book has five red stickers, have a class discussion about why the book is unpopular, and encourage students to offer suggestions about how it might be improved. This activity can be used to help students share and defend their reading likes and dislikes.

3) Read to a Stuffed Animal—Let students be the teacher by giving each student a stuffed animal that is a “struggling reader.” Students get to teach their stuffed animals how to read better. Any students who want to show off their teaching skills can have their stuffed animal read a story aloud to the class.

4)  (Insert Your State Here) Jones—You’re a sharp archaeologist who discovers amazing treasures every day. You just do not know what they are. Ask students to describe objects in fun ways and make it a game to see how many different uses they can think of for an object. For example, place a staple remover on your “excavation site” and ask students to make predictions about what it could be. Students may predict it is a device to get knots out of shoelaces, an ear piercer, a pincher, a counting device, and even a staple remover. Then, after students get the concept using a concrete object in your class, choose a picture of an object in a book or other text you are reading and repeat the process. This activity helps students build their vocabularies.

5) Dueling Banjos—Recite a poem in a number of different ways (e.g., students echo each line after you say it, students slowly rise as they chorally read each line, students recite the poem from a soft whisper to a shout, students sing the poem like a country-western song, etc.).

Excerpted from Comprehension That Works, Shell Education, 2013. You can shop this title below for 30% OFF ! Just use the code 5COOL at checkout! Shop now