Let’s Get Them Reading!

Monthly reading challenges are one of my favorite ways to get reluctant readers excited about reading in my classroom. For those of us who love to read, we can easily understand how setting a goal and meeting it, or exceeding it, can be extremely motivating. But even those students who “hate” to read can be seriously motivated by goal setting and a little incentive.

These reading challenges are my favorite, because they are so easy to implement in any elementary classroom. Simply set a reading goal for your students each month and let them read! Students keep track of their progress by coloring in one of the graphics on the page each time they read. I don’t get picky about genre or length with these, I am just thrilled that they are reading.

Home or School?

Challenge your students to reading morning, noon, or night, at home or at school. The choice is yours! I love sending these home as challenge work that can be completed in addition to homework, but I have also used them during super hectic months to keep my students on task during reading centers (hello, December!) These reading challenge logs were designed to be used flexibly across a variety of grade levels and settings.

Incentives, You Say?

Incentives are a great way to get your students excited about completing these monthly reading challenges. In the past, I’ve used small rewards like water bottle stickers, erasers pencils, and bookmarks as prizes. They are always a hit. I never tell my students what the monthly prize will be nor do I ever use the same prize two months in a row. Some months I might even let students choose a free book, classroom coupon, or a coupon for a free kid’s meal from a local restaurant. (Ask around, they’re usually happy to support schools!) The sky is the limit here, so get creative! I’ve also included monthly completion certificates that can be awarded to students who have successfully completed the challenge.

Try Monthly Reading Challenges in your classroom today!

OR check out these Monthly Reading Challenge Logs today!

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Hi, I’m Tara!​

Hi, I’m Tara! I’m a third-grade teacher, curriculum creator, and lover of all things literacy. I’m on a mission to help elementary teachers by sharing ideas that will engage your students and inspire your teaching. So, take a look around. I’m so glad that you’re here!





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