Happy day, friends!
Today I am joining with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Saturdays. Joanne showcased some awesome laser fingers today, so I wanted to share another way to help motivate students to read – Book Raffles.
It’s always very suspenseful and dramatic when I introduce new books to my kids. My kids do the whole finger/desk drum-roll, I slowly pull the books from a Scholastic or Barnes & Noble box, and read the book blurb in my best reading reading voice. (My kids tell me I have a fantastic reading voice) 😉 Basically, it’s one of my favorite things to do, and I have the kids eating out of the palm of my hand.
After I have dramatically introduced the books and convinced every kids they MUST read the new books, every hand shoots into the air wanting to read all the books at the same time. 😉 Here enters the Book Raffle as inspired by the amazing Donalyn Miller. Books that were not purchased by a specific student request or with a specific student in mind, enter the raffle.
Every student receives 1 ticket (scrap of paper) to enter into the raffle. Then, students who have no missing assignments is awarded a second ticket. I placed a plastic cup in front of each book (nothing fancy but works perfectly). I set the timer on the board and students have 3 minutes to decide which book they want to enter to ‘win’.
After all 3 classes have had the opportunity to enter the Book Raffle, I pull names for each of the books (dramatically, of course) and deliver their new treasures. 🙂 The students who ‘won’ each book has a week to return the read book to me, so his/her friends have the chance to read the book, as well! I really enjoy using this system for distributing new books. It keeps everything a little more fair, it build an excitement for reading, the new books are read quickly so they can be shared with others, and the kids LOVE it.