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Our Journey to a Reading Culture

Greenwood Elementary school has embarked on a journey to make our school a culture of readers. To that end, we have initiatives to invite not only our students, but staff and parents as well, to join us.

Reading Bingo: Students read to complete colored bingo cards throughout the year. Upon completion, students receive a key chain (first card) and charms of their choice. Students that complete all five colored cards will be treated to a special party at the end of the year.

Hit the Books: Students read four books to receive two tickets to a Shorebirds game in the spring. In addition, students get to march around the field in a pre-game parade behind our school’s banner.

Get Caught Reading: Each week teachers look for students reading during the day and reward them with a Get Caught Reading ticket. All tickets are placed in a basket and one student is chosen each week from each class to be featured on morning announcements and to receive a prize from the treasure chest.

Birthday Books: Every student at GES receives a book of their choice on their birthday.

DEAR Time: Students have at least 20 minutes of “Drop Everything and Read” time during each school day. Teachers as well as other staff members read with students during this time. One time each month the entire school “drops everything and reads” at the same time. Older students also choose a time during the month to read with a younger buddy class.

Family Reading Night: Held in October this year, student and parents “read around the world” by attending two sessions where they were read books from other countries, tried food from those countries, and had their “passport” stamped to show where they had been. In addition, each student in attendance received a book of their choice.

Literature Circles: Students in grades 2-5 who are reading at grade level work in small groups to study a novel of their choice during Reading Club time.

Raising a Reader: This program is for prekindergarten and kindergarten students. Each week students receive a bag of books to take home and read with their family. The books are rotated so that they have different books weekly.

Read Across Maryland: To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ March 2nd birthday, students are encouraged to read 30 minutes for 30 days in March. Students who complete this are rewarded with a new book.

Throughout-the-Year-Activities: All students will be given a book of their choice at certain points throughout the year as well as for special holidays.

Summer Media Center Hours: GES will open the doors of our media center three times during the summer. Students and parents will have the opportunity to read books and complete art projects centered on a theme.

Summer Incentive for Students: Students are encouraged to read and complete reading logs over the summer. Those who do will receive a special treat when they return to school in August.

Staff Incentive: The GES staff is encouraged to read over the summer, not only books for pleasure but children’s literature as well to become familiar with the books our students are reading. Top readers are rewarded with materials for their classroom as well as other gift cards.