One of my favorite things to do is encourage my readers to read more than they've ever read before! So I incorporate a book challenge into our reader's workshop. This year we started the challenge on the first day of school and we talked about it every day. I kept track of the books I read on our classroom door. And my readers kept track of the books they completed in their Data Tracking Reading Workshop binders and on our Book Challenge Bulletin Board.
If you'd like to make a similar display on your door or a classroom bulletin board, click HERE for an editable FREE Book Challenge poster of your own.
While I kept track of my Book Challenge progress on our classroom door, I mentioned earlier that my readers kept track of the books they read in their reading binders. I created these record keeping pages for my students to log their progress. And because I'm so excited for YOU to incorporate a Book Challenge into your classroom, I'm giving away these record keeping sheets for FREE!
Click HERE for the FREE Book Challenge record keeping pages. I pulled these pages out of my Data Tracking Reading Workshop Organizer Binder which is full of EVERYTHING you need to keep your reading workshop running smoothly and organized.
The record keeping sheets helped my students stay on track with their Book Challenge progress, but I needed more. About half way through the year I decided that I wanted a quicker way to monitor each student's finished books. The only time I was hearing and seeing their progress was during status of the class updates, strategy groups and conferring. I wanted a way to SEE their progress at a glance. So I created this Book Challenge Bulletin Board Set.
This set helped my readers to show off how many books they had read, along with me, and I could quickly see the progress of each student. We also kept a total running record of our books read and had a little friendly competition with some neighboring 5th grade classrooms. Gotta love a good competition!
Similar to many of you, I do not have a lot of wall space available in my classroom, so I created a large and small set of Book Challenge letters. I also created individual book squares students can fill out and post as they finish books, and 5 book recording book marks that students fill out and post as they complete 5 books (to save space). I used the smaller set of heading letters and the 5 book tracking rectangles here!
I just recently updated my Book Challenge Bulletin Board set so that the bookmark tracking rectangles are now numbered - books 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, etc. for easier record keeping. Make sure you re-download the updated version.
I would love to hear about how you are incorporating a book challenge into your classroom! Comments, questions, tips and advice are always appreciated!!