Many schools, in an effort to improve test scores, are placing a renewed emphasis on reading. Planning a special night to showcase student reading and to get entire families involved is a sure way to boost reading excitement and achievement.
Learn more about special reading events
Organize a "Literature Day" (and Night!) at your school
Teachers in Oklahoma found the perfect reward for their students, who read 4,500 books in a single month. They organized a Literature Day. Then they did it all over again at night -- so they could include students' families. Included: Activity ideas and tips for organizing the event.
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A student "wax museum" makes a great Reading Night event. Students transform themselves into famous people and offer brief prepared presentations. Parents drop a coin in a cup to hear the kids' spiels. Donations might build the school's library collection or support a local charity.
Party! A year of special school-wide events
Getting parents involved at school is no easy task. Education World's "Principal Files" team offers some great ideas for school-wide events that are sure to draw parents in unprecedented numbers. Included: RAH! (Reading at Home) Night and Rhyme Time: A Night of Poetry.
More activities for a fun "Reading Night"
Book Week celebration
Turn Children's Book Week into a school wide celebration. Try some of the dozen activities listed here to turn Children's Book Week into a week-long celebration in your classroom or school.
Reading activities for Read In! Day
A dozen activities to make your all-school reading event more fun. Included: Reading event themes -- a reading campout, pajama party, ice cream party, or beach party, for example -- and much, much more.
25 Ideas to motivate young readers
The folks at the BOOK-IT! Program present 25 great ideas from teachers -- ideas that are sure to get kids across the grades excited about reading. These teacher-tested ideas, originally published in 1989, are just as much fun today.