Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reading Marathon

This is another idea taken from a 4th grade teacher at my previous school and I love it! It's called a "Reading Marathon" and the students love it!

Materials: (for each child)
-white paper, folded into 6 sections- plain printer paper or white construction paper will do
-leveled text
-crayons, colored pencils, pencil

Time: about 90 minutes

Pass out a book(should be the child's independent level) and a sheet of folded paper to each child. Students may use books that they are currently reading. Explain that they will be participating in a Reading Marathon. Students should  complete each section in the time alloted.

10 minutes: Section 1- Make a new cover for you book. Color the cover, be sure to include the title and author.

10 minutes: students reading silently.

10 minutes: Section 2- Write three important details about your favorite character. Draw and color a picture of the character.

10 minutes: students reading silently

10 minutes: Section 3- Write a quick summary of the book part you just read.

10 minutes: Section 4- Draw a visualization from the book. Write a sentence explaining your visualization.

10 minutes: students reading silently

10 minutes: Section 5- Write 3 questions you've had about the book so far.

10 minutes: Section 6- Draw a picture and write a sentence about your book's setting.

I've done this a couple of times and I've been impressed with the results. I will try and figure out a "nonfiction reading marathon."


  1. I love it...will be in my plans next week! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE this!!! Can totally be adapted to any grade level!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. great idea for coming back on MONDAY! I am sure they didn't read a lick!

  4. Love this! I've already pinned it. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. FABULOUS idea! I think I'll also put it in my plans for next week---since we only have 3 days of school for our students, we won't be starting a new reading unit.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the idea, thank you for sharing. Will try it when we return to school on Tuesday, I have some reading assessments I need to complete and this will be a positive learning activity while I complete DRA's.

  7. This is just so cool! Now that I have a smart board I can access all these wonderful ideas. My kids are going to just love this. Thanks to all!

  8. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. This would even be great to do during a school-wide literacy week!

  9. This is such a great idea! We have read-one once a nine weeks. This would be fun to do during that. Thanks for it idea!

  10. I just found you through another posting! I love this idea and will be implementing it this year in the classroom. Thanks for sharing! :)

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