Looking for a fun way to motivate your students during independent or guided reading? Do your students need a little motivation to stay on-task during literacy centers? Is everyone (including the teacher!) counting down the days (hours) to spring break?
What better way to motivate your students than to hold a READING RAFFLE???? I recently used my Scholastic bonus points towards over 50 free books- some for our leveled classroom library and some for the Reading Raffle. (If you don’t have any bonus points, try asking your students’ parents for donations!) I first decorated one of our tables with a shamrock theme and displayed some of the books that I ordered with my bonus points. I made sure to gather books of various reading levels and genres so that all my students would find books that they would be interested in winning.
When my students were engaged with their independent reading, writing thoughtfully in their reader’s notebook, and participating during our guided reading group discussions, I handed them a Reading Raffle Ticket. Download the Reading Raffle Tickets from Google Docs here!
The students put their raffle ticket inside the bucket of the book they were most interested in winning. Some students quickly discovered that some of the buckets only had a few raffle tickets and realized they would have a greater chance of winning that book! (GREAT lesson on probability, right??) We will hold or official drawing on the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day!
In the past, we have used this Reading Raffle idea as part of our Dr. Seuss celebration in March. We host a Bookworm Party in celebration of Dr. Seuss~ you can find more info about the Bookworm Party here. (on TpT)
What to do with the students who are not winners? Well, you can use that opportunity to teach a life lesson- you will not always win the lottery no matter how lucky you think you are OR you can make these cute little crafts for everyone:
The tags can be attached to some candy wrapped in gold foil or also attached to a pencil.
You can get the St. Patrick’s Day tags for free at our TpT store: St. Patrick’s Day
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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