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Special Reading Fun for
Read Across America Day

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Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday in March. Here Education World offers five lessons for recognizing this important day. Included: Plus links to dozens of great reading projects culled from our archives!

Soon thousands of schools across the United States participate in activities to recognize Read Across America Day. Timed each year to coincide with the birthday (March 2) of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, Read Across America Day is an opportunity to hold a variety of special book-related events and celebrate the joy of reading.


More Fun
Reading Projects!

Education World editors have shared dozens of great reading projects with our readers. Following are a handful of the activities we found in our archive.

* 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers

* Reading Activities for Read-In! Day

* Readers' Theater Scripts

* Organize a "Literature Day" (and Night) at Your School

* Read -- and Pedal -- Across America

* Using Fairy Tales to Debate Ethics

* Wax Museum Biographies Teach and Entertain

* Better Book Reports -- 25 Ideas

* Better Book Reports: 25 More Ideas

For more fun ideas, see our Reading Lessons and Projects archive.

The National Education Association and a number of Partners and Supporters have teamed to sponsor this annual event. The NEA also offers an archive of resources, and event calendars to help make the day a truly special one.

FIVE LESSONS FOR
READING FUN!

This week, Education World provides five lessons that can be used on Read Across American Day -- or on any other day! Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

Five Quick Games Build Reading Skills
Five fun games use selections of reading text to build students' skills in syllabication, sentence structure, sequencing, word recognition, skimming, and visual recognition. (Grades K-8)

Round-Robin Reading Quiz
This cooperative reading comprehension strategy engages students of all ages, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

Timeline of Historical Fiction
An historical fiction timeline offers insight into history while adding color to classroom walls. (Grades 3-12)

"We Love to READ" Bulletin Board
A bulletin board with photos of students makes a perfect backdrop for mini book reports. Book report form included. (Grades PreK-5)

May I Take Your Order, Please? (A Sequencing Activity)
Adapt this "sequencing" reading lesson to all subjects and all grades. (Grades 2-12)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
  • Aesop's Fables On-line
  • Children's Storybooks Online
  • Long Long Time Ago: Stories for Children
  • Fables and Fairy Tales
  • Stories for Children
  • Classic Fairy Tales
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