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.