Team Captains for Reading Competition
Chikumbuso School is so blessed with an amazing library that has had so many donors contributing books, furniture, and computers but unfortunately we feel it has been underused by our students. Keep in mind that all of our students are English Language Learners, who have never before had access to so many books or computers. In the past the only reading they had done was the reading provided in their curriculum through short stories in their work books. So students are still learning how to use the library, and how to read for fun. This concept is still pretty foreign to them. I found in the little bit of reading that I did with 5th grade students, that I was impressed with their reading skills, but very disappointed with their comprehension.
Thus, the goals of Chikumbuso readers for 2013 are:
- To motivate learner's to read outside of the classroom at a level that will challenge the learner;
- To motivate learners to read different styles of literature;
- To increase learner's reading comprehension;
- To increase learner's ability to give grade level appropriate responses to the literature read.
In order to do this we are breaking all the students up into 4 teams where they will be competing to read the most books as a team. Along with reading the book we are requiring that the students give a grade level appropriate response to the book. This could be a verbal retell, a Q/A sheet, a description of a character, a written summary, an answer to a question about a character, setting, or event, etc. We want the students to be working on their reading, and writing skills. Each team will have a team captain (a 5th or 6th grade student) who's job is to build team spirit.
This has already received a great response by teachers and students alike. Please help us to continue moving the library into the hearts and lives of the students by making a donation to our computer lab, library shelves, and equipment. This is beginning to be an intergral part of our education program and is sure to make a huge difference in the lives of these children.
The Competition is On!!!