Reading Is Fundamental

RIF is celebrated as a day where students are engaged in reading activities. Just like the event title suggests, Reading is not only FUN but also fundamental, or basic, in our every day lives.
I continously encourage our students to pick up a book and read - just for fun! Reading takes us on many adventures and as we turn each page, we also open a door to a whole new world. I ask parents to embark on these adventures with their child. Together, you can visit many lands and meet quite a few characters along the way.
Below is a list of activities that you can enjoy with a new book or an old favorite. Please take a few minutes to look at the list and choose some of the activities listed. You can modify the activities to meet your own needs and/or interests. The activities are from Scholastic and you may even click on the link below to access them.
Hope you enjoy your many adventures in Reading!
  1. Write a letter to the main character and the character's reply.
  2. Write a different ending for the book.
  3. Pretend you are a talk show host and interview the main character.
  4. Create a travel brochure for the setting of the story or scrapbook pages about key characters.
  5. Create a book jacket, including illustrations, an enticing synopsis, author bio, and favorable reviews.
  6. Summarize the book into a comic or story aimed for younger students or your classmates.
  7. Write a news article about an important event from the book.
  8. Write about the decisions you would make if you were the main character in the book.
  9. Dramatize a scene from the story with other students or using puppets.
  10. Chose two characters from the story and write a conversation they might have.
  11. Write a letter or email to a close friend recommending the book you have just read.
  12. Make a list of new, unusual, or interesting words or phrases found in your book.
  13. Prepare a television commercial about your book. Act out the commercial for your classmates.
  14. Write ten chat room-style questions that could be used to start an online discussion about the book. Or, write ten questions that test other students' understanding of the story. (Make sure you provide a list of answers.)
  15. Explain why you think this book will or will not be read 100 years from now. Support your opinion by stating specific events in the story.
  16. Discuss one particular episode in the story that you remember most. Describe why you think it remains so clear to you.
  17. Write a letter/email to the author of your book. Address it to the publisher and mail it. Or, see if the author has a Web site and email it.
  18. Write a ballad or song about the characters and events in your story. Set the words to the music of a popular song and sing it to the class.
  19. Give a dramatic reading of a scene in the book to your classmates.
  20. Describe in detail three characters from the story. List reasons why you would or wouldn't want to get to know these people.
  21. Design a poster or new book cover depicting the climax of the story.
  22. Write an acrostic poem about the book using the letters in the title of the book or the name of a character or author.
  23. Draw a classroom mural depicting a major scene(s) from the book.
  24. After reading an informational book, make a scrapbook about the topics.

updated 1.13.14

Last Modified on January 13, 2014