School Wide Reading Competition: March Madness
I blogged a lot about our elementary school’s March Madness reading competition and have tried to answer emails about the rules of engagement. The rules have changed over the last 8 years since we’ve first started. Also, my recollection is hazy at best. All I know is that my kids read like crazy to win that extra P.E. session and we all win in the end, no matter what place their class ends up in.
This year, the competition has started again and I am posting the rules in hopes that it inspires your school to pick up the torch and try this reading competition next year. It’s a lot of fun and I do really notice a marked improvement in my kids’ reading abilities after just one month of reading madness!
MARCH MADNESS READING CELEBRATION
- The Peirce School March Madness Reading Celebration will begin on Friday, March 1 and run through Thursday, April 4.
- The kickoff will take place at our town meeting on March 1 and each classroom will be randomly assigned the name of an actual NCAA basketball team.
- Students will earn points for their team based on the number of minutes read daily at home during March Madness.
- Each student will log their daily reading onto the paper reading log and enter their WEEKLY MINUTES read into an online database AT HOME every Thursday evening.
- Students will hand in the paper copy of their reading log to their classroom teacher every Friday morning and should begin to log their weekly minutes read into the online database on Thursday, March 7. Students should continue to log their weekly minutes read every Thursday evening up until Thursday, April 4.
- Team points earned will be tallied and recorded every week onto a large graph in the main hallway.
- Books read in school are not eligible for points.
- Books read as part of nightly reading can be counted. (March Madness reading does not have to be in addition to regular home reading, although we hope students will be more inclined to read).
- There will be a separate point system for grades K-1 and for grades 2-5.
Read a book (or have it read to you in grades K-1) and record your daily minutes read onto the March Madness Reading Log. A weekly reading log will be sent home every Friday. Every Thursday evening, students (or parents of younger students) will transfer the total number of weekly minutes read into the online database.
Points will be based on the number of minutes read weekly by each class.
Grades K-1 – Every 15 minutes = 1 point
Grades 2-5 – Every 30 minutes = 1 point
Team Bonus Points
90% class participation = 30 points each week
Complete the Team Research form (1 per class) = 15 points
Decorate your door or bulletin board = 15 points
If NCAA team makes it to Sweet 16 = 10 points
If NCAA team makes it to Elite 8 = 10 points
If NCAA teams makes it to Final 4 = 10 points
You might have noticed that victory will be won through points from reading versus the NCAA team you draw. The tie-in to a real team is a lot of fun. Motivated class moms have written to their NCAA schools and have received small tokens such as tattoos or stickers. Once, UNC even sent plastic drawstring back pack bags.
We always hope our kids will draw UCLA where my husband and I both attended. It has never happened yet though.
How about you? Do your kids ever do reading competitions? If so, do you notice that it motivates them to read more?
p.s. Here are some great basketball themed picture books and chapter books that appeal to both girls AND boys.
Michael Jordan’s mom pens this picture book describing Michael during the years he was cut from his high school basketball team but never gave up. Review from JDaniel4’sMom.
From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors has this great post on March Madness on the Bookshelves with middle grade (ages 9 and up) chapter books.
STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME by Lisa Yee
MASON DIXON: BASKETBALL DISASTERS by Claudia Mills
THE REAL SLAM DUNK by Charisse K. Richardson
PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL by Nikki Grimes
DRAGON ROAD by Laurence Yep
BASKETBALL (OR SOMETHING LIKE IT) by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Click on image of book to view at Amazon or here to see at Barnes and Noble.