May 12, 2016
This may marks the 17th annual Get Caught Reading Month — a nationwide campaign which first began back in 1999. With the support of the Association of American Publishers, the celebration of Get Caught Reading Month works to remind students, parents and people of all ages to make time to get lost in a book more often. That being said, we can’t think of a better holiday to promote in the classroom, and here’s how you can do it.
Get involved in the community. Set up a date with a local senior citizen home to either have them come to you, or arrange a visit so you and your students can visit them. Encourage students and guests to bring along their favorite short stories, so they can take turns sharing them with each other.
Invite parents to participate. We can’t think of a better way to get students and parents reading together than to invite them on into the classroom. Set aside a few time slots and send around a notice requesting parents participation. You can even keep it going past May, as this is a great filler for those light end of the year days.
Organize a book swap. Whether you choose to do one weekly, or monthly, or even daily, setting up a book swap at school is simple! Just encourage students to bring in a book of their choice, display all the books on a table to two, and invite them to go shopping for a new book — for free! Just make sure that each student puts his or her name on their book so they can be returned to their rightful owners at the end of the year.
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