New Chat with the Coordinator – March 2012

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How will you celebrate Missouri Read-In Day on March 9, 2012?  Join fellow Missourians across the state as we celebrate reading and work to build a life-long love of reading in our students.  Read on for great ideas to celebrate Missouri Read-In Day.


It should be the teacher’s aim to give every child a love of reading, a hunger for it that will stay with him through all the years of his life. If a child has that he will acquire the mechanical part without difficulty. (Mayne 1915)


1.  Do a flash mob with your students or school.  Watch these videos and use their music and choreography or create your own.

Elementary U-Tube:

Middle School U-Tube:


Have you tried the following ideas from Stephen Layne in his book, Igniting the Passion?



Layne is passionate about book chats.

“On my list of all-time best ways to stimulate a positive attitude, interest, motivation, and engagement in text with readers, providing book chats is at the top.”

This includes classroom teachers, reading specialists, librarians, and anyone else that you can wrangle into doing them. Why? They work. Layne contends, and I agree, that when you advertise a book, children want to read it. He has found that students giving book chats to the class are also successful.



This is another type of effective modeling. Motivate students to read by promoting what the teacher is reading. In other words, he posts the book he is currently reading (at the students’ reading level) on a book stand along with a sign that says – MR. LAYNE’S HOT READ. He reads it during SSR and takes it home a couple of nights a week. This promotes interest in the book. Students will want to read it when the teacher finishes it and/or will look for it in the library to check out. 



Each month Layne posts a picture book with a sign – Picture Book of the Month.

Students can read the book during SSR, if they finished work early, or other appropriate times. They can even check out the book to take home to read there or have someone read it to them, but only once each month. If they read the book, they were invited to join Layne for lunch toward the end of the month. (Everyone brought their own lunch – he provided brownies.) At lunch, they talked about the book. On the last day of each month, he would read the book aloud, explain why he selected it, and point out various features of the illustrations and the story line that he had hoped they had noticed. He has used this in elementary as well as middle school and always with great success.



Here’s a great idea to reach your reluctant readers! There are three key components – teachers who want to promote reading, great books, and food! The Café can be scheduled before school, after school, or during lunch. The teacher begins by explaining why this book was chosen and gives enough background about the book to get readers interested. He/she reads aloud for approximately 30 minutes from the book. Then, there is time for questions, discussion, and/or check out in the library. You will want to feature a different teacher in every Café session.


6.  READ AROUNDS – A great addition to your day to celebrate MO Read-In Day.

This is a GREAT way to generate excitement about books! It will also expose every reader to a wide range of books quickly while allowing students to spend a few extra minutes with the books that appeal to them. Here’s how to get started.

· Begin with teaching students how to preview a book in advance of this activity.

· Start this activity by putting a book or magazine on every desk. (for grades 2 and above) Ask the younger students to sit in a circle on the floor.

· Remind students how to preview a book.

· Tell students that they will be given one minute and 30 seconds to preview the book in front of them. Everyone begins.

· When you say “pass” the students pass the book to the person on the right IF they want. Students may choose to keep the book and pass it on the next round. Students may keep a book for three “preview” sessions during this activity or keep three different books for a second “preview” session. You may want to use a colored card for students to place on the desk to signify that the book is being kept for an additional “preview” period.

· The teacher has only one job. The teacher calls out “pass” when it is time to pass the book to the next person. Vary the time for “previewing” to keep the activity fresh. In case traffic jams occur, keep a few extra books in your hands.

· Wrap up this activity by allowing the students to walk around and write the names of the books that interested them on a sheet for listing books that they want to read in the future.

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