Reading Programs at Zion
In 5th grade all students should be reading outside of class. As someone who used to dislike reading as much as the next 5th grader, I like to encourage reading. Here are two ways I try to do that.
You probably have some experience with this program from previous classes at Zion. Each child sets a goal for the number of minutes they will read in one month. Some classes choose a number of pages instead. The student then keeps track of how many minutes they read on a Book-It log page (link found below). The parents must verify that the student has actually read this number of minutes. At the end of the month, if the student has reached his or her goal, they will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. If a student reaches his or her goal for all 6 months of the program, he or she will receive a bonus coupon.
This is the tougher of the two programs. I require each student to have at least 10 AR points at the end of each quarter. These 10 points count as 10% of their reading grade. If they do not get any of the 10 points by the end of the quarter, their reading grade will drop a full letter.
Here's how it works. Each student should choose a book that is at their reading level and intrest, read it, and take a test on it. Students are able to take tests during the school day during DEAR time or homework time. Please do not wait until the last week of the quarter to get all of your points as you will run out of time to take the test.
Reading and taking the tests is the students responsibility. I will not be keeping track of how many points each student has. Each student is able to log in and look up their current amount of points from the AR link below.
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