Sunday, March 16, 2014

Read across America, wrestle mania & the reading CHALLENGE!

Last week we celebrates Dr. Suess by doing a reading challenge that included recording minutes read, how many books were read and what author we read the most of!  It was a lot of work, but totally worth it to see the kids excited about reading!!

Each night the kids would go home and could read with a parent, use YouTube to listen to a story or listen on tumble books and count the minutes toward the kindergarten goal of 10,000 minutes read for the week!  I created a classroom challenge for each night and whoever read the most got a special prize!  To get my kids excited they needed faster recognition than a week, so each day I gave a whiteboard, markers, crayons and a notebook to the student who read the most minutes!  This kept my students excited and engaged to continue reading!  

The whole school had a google doc on our website that each student could document the each book they read!  This is how we documented who won the book madness!!!! We did a bracket and Dr.Suess won! The kids were excited, invigorated and thrilled about reading!  Now to continue the excitement the rest if the year will be the real challenge! 

My students read a lot of Dr. Suess and we did a writing project, that got hung in the hall for Literacy night!  The writing prompt was "If the cat in the hat came to my house ... ". The students loved it and really used their imaginations :)

This one was just too cute!  "I would color with the cat in the hat and do his hair"  

"I would play with the cat in the hat.  I would jump on the bed. I would run with the cat in the hat."

"I would have a party.  I would make a mess.  I would play with the cat in the hat.  I would play a game.  I would jump into a house."

"I would throw a party.  I would throw a ball at the lamp.  And have a food fight and spray paint"

The funny things kids think of when they can do whatever they want, in their house!  Good thing the cat in the hat isn't coming any time soon! haha

Book Character Day! :)

While we were waiting for the assembly to start, my students pulled out their books from book character day and started reading!  This made my heart happy!! :)

 Sports Day, only one team to cheer for!  SYRACUSE ORANGE!

Wacky Tacky Day!!!

Dr. Suess school decorations!

The last part of the week had to do with the number of books we read!  The kids challenged the art teacher, Ms. Wall, to a reading competition.  The kids had to read more books than Ms. Wall, and if they were successful, Ms Wall, and our Asst. Principal, Ms. Zarzecki would SUMO Wrestle!  It was a blast, the kids won and we had a sumo wrestling match in our auditorium!  The kids went crazy and it was a great way to end the week!

Enjoy the videos!  Leave a comment with how you celebrated Dr. Suess!  I would love to hear about it :)


  1. You all look like you had such a great time for Read Across America. The pictures are just adorable! I came across your blog in a TPT forum thread, listing blogs from fellow sellers. I'm finally getting around to checking them out and following. There's so much collaboration between teacher-bloggers and I guess I've been missing out. It's just hard to find the time to fit everything in. I took this week to focus on my blogs and visit/follow those of others. I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your posts. :)
    Teaching Tidbits and Treats!
    Teachers Like Freebies

  2. Jean,
    Thanks so much for stopping by, I love it when I get comments! I just added a new post about higher level thinking in kindergarten! Im headed to your freebies now! :)

  3. Excellent and very exciting site. Love to watch. Keep Rocking.

  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.reading