Monday, February 14, 2011

Schools to Shine Spotlight on Reading
On Read Across America Day, March 2

            There are so many books that you find ’round here.
            Don’t know which one to choose – I’m confused, I fear.
            The shelves are really full – the message is clear
            Just Read It! Just Read It!
This Just Read It! video parody of Michael Jackson’s Beat It! was created by students and staff at Indian Pines Elementary School in Lake Worth, Florida. I'm sure you will agree that this video display of the students’ collective enthusiasm for reading is contagious -- and especially timely too, since Read Across America Day is just around the corner.

Each year on March 2 (which also happens to be Dr. Seuss's birthday), students across America share their love of reading with special events and activities. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), 2011 marks the 13th year for Read Across America festivities. The NEA provides plenty of resources, including certificates, poems, and booklists to help schools plan special celebrations. Perhaps all the students in your school can gather to take the Reader’s Oath. Or maybe you will plan special activities, such as these offered on the Read Across America website:

  • Have your mayor, school board, or legislators issue a proclamation. You can use this sample proclamation or create your own.
  • Ask your local radio disc jockey to read or even broadcast from your school.
  • Invite parents and students to don their pajamas and snuggle up and read in an overnight readathon.
  • Put reading on parade or hold a book lovers' ball.
  • Invite local authors and illustrators and showcase their books and characters in style.
  • Contact your local sports team for guest readers and invite high school marching bands to welcome your students.

    Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to put the spotlight on reading in your school!


    Reading Fun
    Are you looking for a special project that will excite your students about reading? On this page, we have gathered dozens of Education World articles that offer unique lessons and ideas for teachers of reading at all levels. Make every week Book Week with these fun and "novel" reading lesson ideas.
  • 1 comment:

    1. Hi, my name is Paul Czekaj singer/song writer. My friend Becky Mason who was my Daughters elementary school librarian asked me if I could write a song in celebration of “Read Across America” to share with her students. I wrote an original song called “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” that features many Dr. Seuss books I remember reading as a child. I’ve been performing the song at the school for the children for the past fifteen years! They really like it a lot. It’s a very upbeat bouncy song. It has been enjoyed so much that I recorded the song and added a fun video to go along with it. Here’s the link to watch it. You can also watch “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” and all my videos by going to youtube and typing in my name Paul Czekaj. The words to the song are below. I hope you enjoy it and share it with any child who loves to read.

      Paul Czekaj

      Reading’s Lot’s of Fun

      Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, He makes reading lots of fun. Chorus.

      Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, I don’t know what story is my favorite one.

      One of the stories that I laugh at, Is the one with the boy and his 500 hats.

      Or that sticky stuff that was a pain in the neck, Poor old Bartholomew and the oobleck. Chorus

      A flower growing out of your head is crazy. But it happened in the story of daisy-Head Mayzie

      Horton told the mayor to make noise until. The kangaroos heard them, so he saved Who-ville. Chorus

      The tongue twisting rhymes by socks in fox, Could never be repeated by old Mr. Knox.

      Horton sat on a egg on tree that bent, Cause an elephant’s faithful, One hundred percent. Chorus

      Thidwick the big hearted moose is the best. Cause a host above all must be nice to his guests.

      For breakfast if you what green eggs and ham.Your gonna have to see a guy named Sam I Am. Chorus

      Don’t know which story eeee…eeeeee Is my fav fav fav fav fav fav favorite one