Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spark Student Motivation-Read to Win!

Happy Saturday Friends!
Last week I blogged about Reading Counts (here) and I promised another idea this week to motivate them to read even more!
 I got this idea from Bethany from  Fab and Fun in 4th that she linked up to my very first Spark Student Motivation last year!
I call it READ TO WIN!
This week I introduced Read to Win! Very simple (you know I like simple & motivating ideas)! I filled a jar with Gobstoppers and every time they passed a Reading Counts test they earned an entry to make a guess of how many candies were in the jar. For every 2 points they earned they received a slip, so if they read a 10 point book, they got 5 entries. VERY EXCITING! 
They brought home extra books to earn these slips! 
Look at all those entries!
An eye opener for me was their range of estimations! I had guesses from 37 all the way to 2,489! I know next week's guesses will be closer now that they have an idea of what "250" looks like.
89 entries-I think it's pretty good for a 4 day week and just learning about this new contest on Tuesday! They went crazy as I opened each entry and read the numbers aloud.
Here is the winner! He was closest with 240-the actual amount was 250.
He was one happy READER!
Click the image to download these entry forms if you'd like to try this in your classroom.
It could be used with any reading program you use at your school/class.
 I'm not sure if I'll do it every week, but it's definitely a motivator to read and PASS their test, so it builds comprehension and excitement in our classroom!!!
It doesn't have to be just candy, it could be used with stickers, erasers, bouncy balls, etc.

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. This is way fun!! I might have to add this to my AR reward system!

  2. Great idea! Two for one deal - math and reading! Tricky, I like that:).

  3. LOVE this idea! I'm on my way to the grocery store and I will be picking up some candy for a jar! :) I don't do Reading Counts, but I want to incorporate this some how! :)

    Pinkadots Elementary

  4. Awesome idea! I wonder how I could include this in my room some way. I love the dual purpose; it could get fun with different sized objects each week!

    Tales of a Teacher

  5. My wheels are turning for ways to incorporate this into my reading program. We don't have a formal program like AR or Reading Counts, but I'm sure I can come up with something. I will let you know. Thank you for sharing this!

    Fit to be Fourth

  6. You always have such cute ideas! I want to be in your class!

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  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!! Thanks for the awesome tip! I have been looking for a little something extra in my class....and I think this is just the thing I need! :)

    Mind Sparks

  9. Cute and simple idea;) Gonna have to try this with my peeps. Most of them are dragging their heals when it comes to making their AR goals every quarter...this may help:) Thanks for sharing;)

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. Love the idea and it could be adapted to lots of other things too! I'm thinking of my kiddos earning a ticket for every genuinely nice thing they say to one another or for every week they keep the same pencil or...well I could go on and on! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. I may have to steal this idea (another idea stolen from you, shocking I know). As we do not have AR goals I may use it for students who learn a multiplication set - we need all the help we can get :)

  12. Such a great idea! Estimation is such an important skill for students to get, however it sure is a hard one!!! I may have to use this with my students and their AR quizzes--- we've hit that point in the year where some of us are starting to struggle to keep up with their reading! :)
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  13. this idea! I was too busy to link up today. :( This weekend we are packing up and moving Jerm's mom. I'm on the couch now with my feet up...reading blogs. How many days do you have left until your time is up for Instagram? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH....hugs and kisses my sweet!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  14. Love, love, love this idea, Joanne! I am a TERRIBLE estimator so there is no way I would have won the prize, but kids do love a challenge especially when it involves sugar!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  15. What an awesome idea!! Totally stealing this. I just need to find the "prize"! What an eye opener for the range of guesses. Thanks for the inspiration as always! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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