Reading Workout

I think reading is just plain fun, but it's also a powerful workout for your brain.

The scientists say that reading:

 

  • exercises your brain and improves your memory
  • helps you relax
  • improves your mood (Scholastic OOM Blog, 2019)

 

So if you want to be the smartest, happiest, and the most relaxed kid in your family, try one or more of these reading challenges. Use a reading material of your choice:

1. Build a fort and then read in it.

2. Read by a window and then imagine seeing the setting of your story outside.

3. Read to a pet (real or toy) in a expressive voice.

4. Shine a light: Read with a flashlight and see illustrations in a whole new light!

5. Go on a reading adventure: Read under a table, in a special room, or on a beach towel.

6. Read a book or parts of a book two times in a row. Did you learn something new about the plot or a character during the second reading?

7. Open up a whole new world: Let someone suggest a book for you to read.

8. Read aloud like a computer using a robot voice.

9. Read to someone (a friend, a relative) using technology.

10. Turn on the TV, mute it, and turn on the captions.  Read the captions. Can you read with fluency?

11. Shared reading with a family member. You read a page, then your family member reads a page.

12. Record yourself reading. Then listen to your recorded story and/or share the recording with a family member.

 

 

 

Thank You to these companies who have opened up their subscription online databases during the school closure:

  1. PebbleGo: Username: engaged  Password: learning

Subscription database for K-3 students for reading and research. Categories include: Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies and Dinosaurs.  Includes spoken word audio and text. 

  1. PebbleGo Next: Username: engaged  Password: learning

Subscription database for students in grades 3-6 doing research. Categories include: States, Science, American Indian History, Social Studies, and Biographies. Includes read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.

  1. BookFlix: Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford

Subscription database for K-3 students. Each topic includes several pairs of books: one classic fictional video storybook and one non fictional eBook. Children learn the difference between fact and fiction. This site includes: books, videos, puzzles, further website suggestions, and meet the author.

  1. TrueFlix: Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford

Subscription database for students in grades 3-6. Read and explore science, nature, people, places and history.

  1. TumbleBookLibrary: No login needed

K-6 children's ebook database.

  1. Brain Pop: Ask your teacher or your librarian for the login for fuller access.

Provides animated, curricular content

7.WorldBook Online Encyclopedia: Ask your teacher or your librarian for the login.

Subscription online encyclopedia - World Book Kids (Grades K-4) and World Book Student (Grades 5-9), World Book Timelines, nonfiction ebooks and much more. 


Author Reads

Amy Dyckman : You Don’t Want a Unicorn (Author of Boy + Bot)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myx1Hi2sB3c&feature=youtu.be

Melinda Long: How I Became a Pirate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTz9WojaMIg&feature=youtu.be

Or Pirates Don’t Change Diapers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-Xz_tfpYEs&feature=youtu.be

 

Lauren Tarshis: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS1PO-R7wxmaHjw0RzP7ofvVguHzlfU4h


Write a fan letter to Pete the Cat!

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Pete the Cat

2126 E. Victory Drive #112

Savannah, Georgia 31404

 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8

 

Looking for more… Try one of these

EXTRA Reading Challenges:  

  • Pick an author, read three of their picture books from home or online  Explain to a family member how the books are similar and how they are different.

  • Pick an author, read three of their picture books from home or online. Pick your favorite and tell a family member why it was the best of the three.

  • Read a book of your choice from home or online, then think... if you could add 1 more page what would it say? Draw or write the next page. Show a friend.

  • Read a book of your choice from home or online, then think … Did the beginning make you want to keep reading? Why? Or Why not? If not, tell a family member how you would change it. If it did, tell how it made you want to keep reading?

  • Read a book of your choice from home or online, Think about the main character … Would you want to be friends with that person? Why? Or Why not?  Make a list of the good points and not so good points of this character.

  • Read a picture book of your choice from home or online. Find a page, paragraph or sentence where the author really paints a picture with their words. Visualize it, then try to draw it.

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