The last day before Christmas break was our big reading party!! What fun we had too! Our school decided to try a year without using Accelerated Reader (AR). You can read about our thinking on why we made this change to let AR go by clicking here.
This was our 2nd party of the year to celebrate reading (read about our first party by clicking here). In the past years with AR, we only had 2 parties and not everyone got to participate. This year we are celebrating 4 times and EVERYONE gets to be involved with celebrating how great reading can be. Yay for that!!
We picked the theme of The Polar Express, which is great for this time of year of course. Most doors and halls were all decked out with trains, snowy trees, and snow flakes. Lots of 3-D snowflakes were made and hung too.
My teaching neighbor had her brother draw the train for our doors. He did a fabulous job- what a talent!!
Now to get back to the celebrating of reading! Sorry I got off track there for a bit. I just had to show you how our doors looked and the wonderful train!
Of course, The Polar Express was read in many classrooms and activities were done to go with the book. Many classes had mystery guest readers. Our principal participated in this and read the book in several rooms.
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The first graders made trains with graham crackers and candies, much like the one in the above picture. I didn't get pictures of those cute trains, but they looked a lot like this one. The kids had so much fun making them! The teachers saved milk cartons for the bottom part to make them sturdier. And putting them in a gallon size baggie for the trip home was a genius idea. No lost goodies and parents were able to see their masterpiece.
This little reindeer was made by the second graders. Marshmallows, chocolate chips, red hots, pretzels and icing. Quick and easy food craft!
Besides reading the book, mystery readers, food crafts, and decorating, lots of other fun things were happening for our Polar Express Reading Celebration! Students wore their pjs and slippers to school. They got to read in the hall, which is fun since they don't normally get to do that. First grade had Polar Express tickets that had to be punched before they got to go to the movies- projector set out in the hall and students sprawled out on blankets while sipping hot cocoa.
Jingle bells were handed out and fun was had and reading was celebrated! What a great way to show the love of reading before heading out for our Christmas break.
How does your school celebrate reading with students?? We are always looking for new ideas to
steal borrow for our parties!! :)