Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
By this point, you probably have plans in place for your own reading event, but in case you’re looking for some last minute ideas, the NEA website provides many resources, materials, and activity ideas, including these two printable certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement – Award this certificate to students who take part in your reading event.
- Certificate of Appreciation - Award this certificate to adults and others who help with your reading event.
Looking for some book ideas to share with your students? Here are some favorites of both teachers and students.
Teachers’ Top Books for Children
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Kids’ Top Books
- Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
- Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
You can also find many resources in netTrekker for all grade levels to support your reading activities by searching for keywords like Reading, Reading Comprehension, or Reading Strategies in any of the three grade level tabs.
What are your plans for Read Across America Day? We’d love to hear how you’re incorporating this event into your classrooms.
Psst. Wanna know a secret? I’m terribly afraid of vampires. Yeah, they really freak me out. Which is probably why I’m the last one on planet Earth to read the series Twilight. Jill Allen, the Director of netTrekker’s Customer Relationship and Training Department, seemed shocked that I, an avid reader, had not read this series. She almost convinced me to begin Twilight during FETC. Almost, because, well, I was still a bit nervous about the whole vampire deal. (Yes, I know there are no real vampires. I have an overactive imagination though.)
On March 2nd we will be celebrating Read Across America, and it should be a celebration for all readers, not
just limited to elementary students. Middle school and high school students should also enjoy this day of reading. And from what I understand, Twilight is the new Harry Potter, when it comes to encouraging reluctant readers to crack open a book.
With Twilight being a newer book that’s just starting to take hold in the classroom, I wasn’t sure if I would find any resources in netTrekker d.i. . Not only was I pleasantly surprised to find a few, I was also pleased to find results that were not from bookstores selling the book or movie reviews. I used “twilight” as my keyword search. My first two results were related to the series! The first site was the official website of Stephenie Meyer. It was interesting to read about the dream that inspired her to write the story and how the town of Forks became the setting.
The second site is the one that I’m enjoying right now as I write this. It’s a site from the Library of Congress and includes a presentation from Stephenie Meyer at the 2006 National Book Festival.
If you search with Stephenie Meyer as the keyword, you’ll find three websites about the author. On the same note, there are 30 sites about vampires, most dealing with other writings involving these legendary creatures.
If you know of any great sites with lessons on how to use Twilight in the classroom, please share those links with our content editors in the netTrekker Village. Our content editors are always on the prowl for fresh new relevant sites.