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Shiloh reads at home!
Shiloh Elementary School students recently participated in a Winter Break Marshmallow Reading Challenge from Friday, December 19th through Sunday, January 4th. The reading challenge kicked off on Friday, December 19 with a school-wide pajama day! All students were encouraged to wear their pajamas to school. This helped to enforce the idea of “making reading comfortable at home.”
For ten days during their winter break, students cut out one “marshmallow” per day from a provided form, completed the reading activity, and glued the marshmallow onto the marshmallow outline on their cocoa cup. The teachers on each grade level determined the amount of minutes that each marshmallow was worth. What activities for the reading challenge did students do? For example, if a student selected the marshmallow that said “read in the kitchen,” he or she had to read in their kitchen for 20 minutes that day. Then, once the activity was completed, the student cut out that marshmallow and glued it in the “cocoa cup” on the paper.
Students were given a variety of marshmallow activities to choose from. They could have chosen ten of the marshmallows that already had ideas on them, or they could have created some of their own ideas using the blank marshmallows provided.
After winter break, students returned their cocoa cups to their teachers. Classes with 100% participation received a hot chocolate party on January 9! Classes that enjoyed the hot chocolate were as follows: Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Lightner, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. Kincaid, and Mrs. Heather Brown.
We were so excited to be able to offer this fun and educational activity to our students as a fantastic way to encourage reading! We hope you will all continue to help your child remain excited about reading at home. Thank you for your support!
Written by: Mark Greene
Posted: Jan 13, 2015 by Mark Greene