Blackhawk Primary School Hot Readers
All Blackhawk Primary school students are invited to participate in the Hot Readers Program! Students may choose either the Accelerated Reader program or Hot Readers which involves completing projects that reflect what they have read. We want to celebrate our students’ love for reading and their individual accomplishments.
Each grade level has a personal reading goal for students. Every book read by a student, or by an adult to a student, earns that student a reward. These books are added to a class total toward a prize that the entire class will share. Each class total is then added to a schoolwide goal which will result in a school-wide celebration! The class and school wide celebrations may range from an afternoon of games, to a movie and popcorn, dressing as a favorite character for the day, cookies and milk with the teacher, or lunch with Mrs. LeDonne, to name just a few.
Described below are the options for parents/students choosing to validate their reading by completing a project instead of the AR program.
· Parents/Guardians who have read a book to their child, will complete the Reading Log form verifying the two read a book together. Each form records ten (10) books. Students have 9-weeks to read 10 books with an adult. Each book is added to the student’s thermometer which is added to the class goal. Each class total is added together for the school goal!
· For every book read, a student earns a red sticker or colors their thermometer indicating a book. These books can be “read” by Mom, Dad, Grandma, babysitter, or friend while the student looks on. Students who are emergent and beginning readers, benefit from listening to books read aloud to them. This close relationship provides him/her with a reading role model who will support him/her as they develop this new skill.
· Students filling their thermometer can earn a special badge, bookmark, extra recess, special seating in class, or free time to name a few incentives.
First Grade and Second Grade Students
· The goal for First and Second grade students is to read 25-books in a semester.
· The child should now be reading aloud while parents support with word help, by reading the sentence first only, or by taking turns reading paragraphs. Please know that reading silently and then discussing what each has read is a great option and a more authentic way of reading for meaning.
· The student completes the assigned book report and the parent signs the report to verify the book was read together. The reports will be provided to the student in books of 25. Once the 25 reports are completed, students will submit them to the teacher to receive their 25 badges for their Brag Tags!
· Students will receive Brag Tags with badges which will be displayed inside the classroom for every 25 book they read. Just like the thermometer, this is a tangible reflection of the books they have read. The collection of reports is another tangible achievement the parents and child can celebrate together!
· First grade students will complete a traditional book report that describes the story they read. This activity gives the students practice identifying the parts of a book: author, illustrator, and plot which are included in the First Grade curriculum.
· Second grade book reports are more in-depth embracing aspects of the reading curriculum, as well as paragraph writing.
The Hot Readers Program and forms for participation will be ready for students starting October 1, 2016. Teachers will have the forms and booklets ready to distribute to your child in class. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like your child to participate.
We can’t wait to get started! Please keep track of the all the books you are reading together as we prepare for the new option because those books can be added to the lists/forms once you receive the forms!