Program motivates students to read independently
February 17, 2012
Junior high school students who participated in this quarter's Reading Counts program were rewarded with a Fun Friday on Feb. 17 that began with a bagel breakfast followed by team activities during which students competed in a tower game and a cup game.
Reading Counts is a program intended to inspire students in grades 7 and 8 to read books independently of school. Students read books of their own choice on their own time. At the end of five weeks, they take an online quiz or alternate assessment to test their knowledge and comprehension of the book.
Through Reading Counts, students develop such reading skills as comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. The program motivates students to achieve reading success.
The tower competition required teams of students to build the tallest structure using only gum drops, uncooked spaghetti and their creativity and problem-solving skills. The winning team's tower stood approximately 31 inches tall.
Meanwhile across the cafeteria, the cup game tested students' accuracy. The challenge involved clapping a cup, tapping hands and moving the cup in one direction or the other around the table. One wrong move, and students were out. After several close rounds, the last student playing was declared the winner for her team!
Congratulations to the following students for successful independent reading!