Flashback - Queen of the First Grade Jungle


... not one of those things that you are required to do that reviews old content, but a flashback to one of my earliest blog posts! Okay so I am kind of cheating and not "really" writing a blog post--- but back when I only had myself and 2 others (okay my teaching partners) as followers, you might have missed this idea!  Here is how we motivate our students to read after a long week break...
So it's that time of year... our kids have had several weeks off of school and we need to be creative in coming up with ways to get them back into school mode. Commence the Snowball Fight!  The kids will get to color in a snowball for each book they read at home (kids who are in chapter books will fill out a snowball for each chapter).  We had four snow days the week before Christmas Vacation so I spent the better part of two days making this display (Not true this year, so I don't know when I will find the time to get this up!!!!).  Each first grade teacher has a penguin and a graph. The graph will fill up as the class reads more and more books! 
Here is my penguin! Notice the polka-dotted bow!
A close-up of the graph. We will celebrate the success of the snowball fight at the end of January.  We have a day called Camp Read-A-lot where the students are encouraged to bring their sleeping bags and favorite books to read with their buddies!'

Enjoy your last couple of days!

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  1. Really great idea to motivate students to read and a very cute display too! Love it!

  2. The board is adorable and the snowball fight is pure genius!
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  3. I love this idea! I will be emailing my teaching partners about it tonight! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  4. This is super cute! Love it and such a great motivator!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. Love this idea! I'm in 3rd grade but think it could work for my kiddos too!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  6. Genius idea! Thanks for sharing. I pinned this and shared it on Facebook for my teacher friends.

  7. That is so cute! We have done a snowball blizzard with books ...I like the graphing idea though...seems a little more manageable!

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