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Grays Chapel Reading Challenge


At Grays Chapel we are striving to do all we can to motivate our students to read. We have implemented a school-wide reading challenge to not only instill the motivation to read, but to also build teamwork throughout our school. In the beginning our reading challenge naturally evolved from our Olympic field day, which began four years ago.

All classes, grades K-5, are divided into four different countries: Brazil, Greece, Japan and U.S.A. All countries compete together in the reading challenge, yet against each other school-wide to see which country wins during field day. Each K-5 class for each country adds their total reading minutes to see which country has read the highest number of minutes each quarter.

We also recognize monthly top readers from each classroom.  Last year our goal was one million minutes combined, and we exceeded that goal. This year our goal is 1.5 million minutes combined. To reach this goal, students read and log each night how many minutes they have read. At the end of each month, we calculate and recognize the students who have read the highest number of minutes. We also have a school-wide celebration at the end of each quarter to recognize these students and teams. With this goal, students are more motivated to read so they can represent their class/countries. At this time, we are over halfway to our total reading goal and halfway through our school year. Students collectively have read 779.383 minutes! We only have 720,617 more minutes to read. We are so excited about our students’ motivation to read and the success we are seeing!

These same students meet with their Book Buddies twice a month throughout the school year and learn about their countries, while also building relationships and teamwork within the school. Book Buddies is time spent with other students reading books of their choice, reading about traditions from their shared country, and playing traditional games which originated from their country. A bond is created with these students as they work as a team to read, learn, and compete with other countries through healthy motivation. Four teams, one dream to accomplish reading 1.5 MILLION minutes this school year! 

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