After reading Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer, I have challenged my students to read 40 books during the school year. At first they are shocked. They swear it is impossible. Then they start looking for their first book, and I look forward to hearing their excitement in the mornings and throughout passing periods as they come up to me and exclaim, “Can you believe what happened in the chapter I read last night?” I just smile and tell them that my plan for world domination is for them fall in love with books and reading.
One way I celebrate all we read is by simply counting up all the books we have all read and share the totals. When we put it all together, we are some impressive readers. Some of my students are finishing their first book. Others have sped through my collection of graphic novels. We have read picture books, novels, and informational texts. I celebrate all the books we read, and here are our first results.
- 1st Period: 24 students have read 52 books. That’s an average of 2.2 books per student.
- 2nd Period: 20 students have read 45 books. That’s an average of 2.3 books per student.
- 3rd Period: 20 students have read 56books. That’s an average of 2.8 books per student.
- 4th Period: 19 students have read 54 books. That’s an average of 2.8 books per student.
- 6th Period: 20 students have read 50 books. That’s an average of 2.5 books per student.
- 7th Period: 15 students have read 20 books. That’s an average of 1.3 books per student.
Drumroll, please! That means a grand total of 118 students have read 277 books. Wow! That’s an average of 2.3 books per student. I can’t wait to see what we read all year long.
What have been your favorite books so far this year?
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