Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Teachers and parents looking for a way to motivate students to read this summer should take a look at Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenges. The central idea of the challenge is for students to read at least four books over the summer. To motivate students to reach this goal, Scholastic has developed various incentives like joining in a team competition and contributing to a reading world record.

When students register for Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge they take a short quiz and are assigned to a "reading team." Each day students login to their account and record how much they've read. Points are awarded for reading. At the end of the summer the winning team will choose a cause to which Scholastic will make donation. There are also individual prizes that students can earn through their reading and through games and quizzes on the Summer Reading Challenge site.

Applications for Education
Teachers and librarians who want to encourage students to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge should visit the teacher/ librarian page. On the teacher/ librarian page you will find PDFs of the summer reading list, form letters to send to parents, and book review templates. The summer reading list is organized by age groups.