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Reading Marathon








In celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America week we had our own little reading marathon Friday. Most of the day was spent reading, but I threw in a couple of other activities.

This is a picture of our note pass. They each wrote a paragraph about the book they were reading. Then we passed it to the person on the right. They read and commented. Repeat. Simple but fun and engaging!


We did a book pass, too. I’ve done this in the past with 2 other classes. Everyone has a book (that I pick out). πŸ™‚ I tell them to start reading on page 1 for about 2 minutes. Stop and write the title down IF it’s a book you’re interested in reading. Pass to the person on the right. Repeat. In an ideal situation, they would be exposed to as many books as there are students. However, we ran out of time. BUT-only 2 students out of 14 said they didn’t find a book they were interested in. SUCCESS!




Of course, we had our normal read aloud. We are currently reading WONDER by R.J. Palacio. I have 6 boys who say it’s boring so any ideas you can throw my way to get them into it…… πŸ™‚ I think that next week I’m going to have them send Auggie a “text” before he starts school. πŸ™‚

They had to pay attention while they were reading (don’t we always want them to do that????) and lift a line our of their book. One that spoke to their heart, one that they loved the way it sounds, etc. Anything they wanted to choose. Here’s our chart:



It was a great day!!!

The only drawback was that one student didn’t come to school. That student stayed out because ALL WE WERE GOING TO DO WAS READ.


I guess that student doesn’t think any learning is going on when that happens. JUST when I start to feel successful….


2 thoughts on “Reading Marathon

  1. Thank you for sharing these activities! I’ll be using them next week!

    We just finished Wonder. What an amazing story! Something I did to make this more real for my students is sharing the story of my friends – The Lynch Family. Their daughter MaryCate was born with Apert Syndrome. They have a blog that you can follow as well as a video on YouTube that follows MaryCate on her journey. MaryCate is an awesome little girl. She is a proud older sister and is learning to do new things everyday!

    Hope this helps!

    • Eileen-

      Glad you can use the ideas!! Thanks for the information on how to engage them more with Wonder!! πŸ™‚

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