Thursday, May 31, 2012

What's in Your Summer Stack?

I saw the absolutely cutest idea for a summer reading incentive over at Andrea's blog, Stepping into First Grade. I pass out Scholastic book orders every month and maybe get 3 or 4 kids who order books. My class is full of really great readers and I really want them to continue reading over summer vacation! So I was so excited to use Andrea's Summer Stacks!

I passed out our June book orders {holy cow, it's June!} and told my students to circle the books that they liked. Then, they wrote the name of the books on their summer stack.

Andrea took pictures of her students and glued them onto the paper, but I was too lazy busy to take and print all of their pictures, so we just drew faces instead!

On the other side of our summer stack, I copied the ready-made letter that Andrea included in her pack. I realized, after I made all of the copies, that I forgot to sign my name and write the due date! {0 for 2!} So I just had my students write their names, as if they were writing the letters to their parents and write the date. Hey, extra writing practice never hurt ;)

Then I stapled the letter onto the book order form and we were good to go!
Such a fun idea, thanks Andrea!
You can get your own Summer Stack {here}!

Here's a couple of some other really great summer reading incentives:
Created by Yvonne Dixon

Created by The Teacher Wife

Created by Library Centers

Do you have any fun summer reading incentives?? Comment below!
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  1. That's a great idea to get parents to order and students reading. It would be great to do anytime I send out book orders. Of course, the word summer would have to be left out. Love the idea! Thanks Andrea and Hadar!

    The Kindergarten Center

  2. Love it :) I had a parent get upset about book orders this year (evidently we were milking her for money or something like that). I look forward to bringing them back next year!!!

    Every New Beginning

  3. I love that Summer Stack from Andrea!! That looks like a super cute activity. Thanks for telling us about it and the other summer reading incentives!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. These look great!! Too bad we are already out of school for the summer! :(

  5. Love this idea. It five the parents some ideas about what to buy and helps the kids get ready to read over the summer. Renee

  6. No one ever orders books from those magazines in my class...this would be a great monthly thing to do with them too! :)


  7. I love the Summer Stack idea!! Too bad I already sent home the June catalog with a "last chance" letter haha. I like Michelle's idea of making it monthly!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  8. Thanks for leaving a comment on our blog! We are now followers of your cute blog.

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  9. I love these ideas! I get so nervous that some of my kids are going to leave my classroom and not pick up a book over the summer. They always promise me that they'll read all summer, but... Now the hard part is choosing which wonderful idea to do! Thanks for sharing:)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  10. Let me know how much it helps! It's too stinkin cute! Thanks for the links.

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  11. This is a great idea. I would love if you linked up to my Stop Summer Sliding Linky Party. Check it out here.

  12. I'm so glad that you and your kids liked it! I like the idea of doing it monthly. I might consider that next year. It definitely helped get more orders! Thanks for posting about it! :)


  13. What a great idea!! I send those order forms home and every dang month I get NOTHING back! Boo :( I want some teacher points!! Maybe next year my parents will be more into it!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  14. Such a smart idea Hadar! I love this!

  15. I love using the book orders for other activities, but I like this idea too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  16. so cute! thanks for sharing!

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    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  17. When I taught 1st grade, every month we read through the list together and the kids circled their favorites. Almost every child ordered every month.

  18. What a cute idea!!! My students love looking through book orders even if they aren't able to buy anything! I will definitely be using this!!


  19. What a cute idea!!! My students love looking through book orders even if they aren't able to buy anything! I will definitely be using this!!


  20. My cooperating teacher orders a bunch of the $1 books each month and sells them to her kids. The parents never bother to order them for themselves, but if they're already in the classroom they'll send in $1 with a child.