October is National Book Month. This annual month of reading celebration encourages people of all ages to spend time reading and enjoying books!
Autumn is the perfect time to relax and enjoy a good book. Encourage your students to discover the pleasure getting lost in a story--momentarily forgetting they are in the classroom--and letting their imaginations take them places they’ve never been. Help them learn about the journey they can take to outer space, times in history, mythical places, foreign lands or any other time or place they may want to experience. Best of all, they don’t even need to leave the classroom to go on the trip of a lifetime. They may even be sad when the book ends and wish for more.
To make the most of National Book Month, suggest that students make an effort to play fewer video games or watch less television and spend more time reading. Have them visit their local public library--to experience having a treasure trove of the books at their fingertips--but also to learn about all the services their library offers. Visit your school library and ask the librarian for a literary tour. Catch them off guard with surprise read alouds to spark their interest!
To bring National Book Month to life in your classroom, decorate your room with book reports, have your students design book covers and display them. Make sure students are aware of all of the books in your classroom that they may borrow. Talk about some of the wonderful books you’ve read that they might enjoy. Ask them to tell a classmate about a book they loved reading. Make a list on the board of everyone's favorite books. Next to each title, write the genre of the book or make some notes so students can refer to the list. Encourage everyone to select a book to read in October!
As a teacher, you want to ensure students comprehend what they are reading. Phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension are all such important skills for students to master. When a student posesses these skills, they are free to read for the sheer joy of it. Reading--fiction and nonfiction--is also great exercise for the brain; it helps develop critical thinking skills!
To find the resources you need to help students become proficient readers--from pre-emergent through fluent--visit these areas of the Scholastic Teacher Express website:
To find resources that will help you encourage students to discover the wonderful world of reading, visit these areas of the Scholastic Teacher Express website:
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