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Ram Reading Challenge

  

RAM Readers/Read a Million

NORTHEAST ELEMENTARY

READ  A MILLION

CHALLENGE

Northeast teachers and staff are excited to announce our literacy campaign.  We are asking our students, with the support of their families, to commit to our goal of reading one million words during this school year.  As James Trelease, noted expert on literacy, says, “The more students read, the better they get at it; the better they get at it, the more they like it; and the more they like it, the more they do it.”

WHY READ A MILLION?

Over the past several decades, researchers have consistently found a strong relationship between the volume of students’ reading and their reading achievement. “There are few other ideas as widely accepted as that reading is learned through reading.” (National Reading Panel)  If an older student is reading 40 minutes per day, every day, that student will read approximately 2,357,000 words per year and can expect to score within the top 10% on standardized reading achievement tests.  Reading extensively broadens our world and expands our imaginations.

HOW CAN FAMILY HELP?

Obviously pre-readers (Kindergarteners) and new readers (First Graders) need the support of their parents in their home reading efforts.  Books read aloud and books read with a student will count toward their million word goal.  More independent readers need the encouragement and support of their families as well.  We are asking that all parents help their children to reach the goal by assisting in keeping up the reading log and providing a “reading friendly” environment at home.  Please help your child read at least twenty minutes most nights by setting aside this time and showing a real interest in the books your child is selecting to read.

CELEBRATING PROGRESS

To reinforce the message that reading is important and to encourage participation in our challenge, we have an exciting kick-off featuring the RAM Readers theme. The Owasso football players, coaches, cheerleaders, pom squad, some band members, and RAMBO help get our readers geared up for the reading fun. Throughout the year students will be recognized for reaching their scheduled goals at our Fabulous Friday assemblies and those students who reach the RAM goal can expect a spectacular reward (besides the sheer enjoyment that reading brings)for their achievement at the end of the year.

WHAT DOES A MILLION WORDS LOOK LIKE?

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Goal

Notes

Pre-K

Kindergarten

180 picture books

Read with an adult or independently.

 

First Grade

180 picture books

Read with an adult or independently.

 

Second Grade

100 books

2 short picture books=1 book

1 chapter book=2 books

 

Third Grade

50 chapter books

3 picture books=1 chapter book

Fourth and Fifth Grade

1 million words

The goal for fourth and fifth graders will be to actually read one million words (Accelerated Reader Book Finder will help with word count www.arbookfind.com).

 

Thank you for helping your children strive toward the goal of reading one million words this year.  We can promise that the rewards will be great and long lasting.