The FORTY Book Challenge
"The man who does not read great books is no better than the man who can't."
Will you take the 40 book challenge with me?
The goal of the 40 Book Challenge for young readers is to get students to leave their reading comfort zone and explore new reading genres. Ultimately, I would love to see my students' love of reading flourish, as well as for students to make big academic gains in reading. Let's face it, the best way to become a better reader is to read. And the 40 Book Challenge helps with this!Here's where things get a little more interesting: in order to expand my students' reading worlds, I will be expecting them to read a variety of genres, specifically 5 realistic fiction books, 5 informational books, 5 fantasies, 2 mysteries, 2 biographies or autobiographies, 5 historical fiction books, 2 science fiction books, 2 poetry books, 2 folklore books, and then 10 books of their choice. I will be doing a lot of book talks this year in order to expose my students to new books and genres, so that they can then check out the ones that interest them the most.
Although 40 books sounds like a lot, students will only have to average one book a week. This can be accomplished by reading during our independent reading time at school and by spending time reading at home. Some books, like shorter non-fiction books, can be read possibly in a day or two. Some books will obviously take longer to finish. By making the right books choices, I am confident that all students will be able to achieve the goal of reading 40 "just right" books in fourth grade this year.
I can't wait to begin this challenge with my students! Now, get ready...get set...READ!!!
Click on the link below to be taken to a copy of the chart that students will use to keep track of their reading progress.