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Family Reading Night Themes

8 years 6 months ago #159346 by lanielanie
Replied by lanielanie on topic HELP
I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew. My daughter is in kindergarten and came home with the monthly newsletter seeking volunteers to put together a family reading night. If no one volunteered it was going to be cancelled.
Please help me out here and let me know if I am going in the right direction or not!? I guess there may not really be a wrong way?
I am going with the theme "Oh, the places you'll go" Dr. Seuss
I was thinking our guest reader could read this book a half an hour before the event ended.
Then I was thinking about making book marks and having goodies set up. This is being run along with the book fair so I don't want too much madness.
Is it wrong to ask parents to bring a book to read to their children?
Then I was wanting to have some of the other Dr. Seuss books set up with local businesses? Like maybe a dentist handing out toothbrushes with the Tooth Book?
Looking for more ideas! Any and all would be appreciated! Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. unless there is a way to reply here!? :)
Thanks much!
8 years 5 months ago #159598 by Rose H
Hi lanielanie,

How are you making out with your family reading night? Are you still going with the Dr. Seuss theme? I just happened upon an item online that said March 2 is Dr. Seuss's birthday. There are a lot of online sites with ideas for celebrating this birthday that could be incorporated into a reading night. Just one example -- (we have no affiliation!) Also, did you happen to see our family reading night planning kits? You can download one for free -- it might be helpful.

Good luck with all you are doing!

8 years 5 months ago #159781 by annk
Replied by annk on topic Re:Family Reading Night Themes
I have enjoyed reading about the different reading night themes and will probably use some of them.

This year, we created ours around the Scholastic Book Fair with the theme "Reading is out of this world". We decorated the cafeteria with star balloons on each table with books set up to where parents and students could sit and read after going through the book fair. We served lemonade in the cafeteria before the actual event. At 6pm, we announced the order of where everyone would go for the "Progressive Reading" portion of the evening. When the parents registered, they received a survey with a color which indicated where they would begin their evening. We had three rooms with a different host per room. For every book, we had a food related to the book to serve. Pickles to Pittsburgh - served TCBY yogurt, Amelia Bedelia makes an Apple Pie - served McD's apples and caramel, and Tops and Bottoms - served carrots and dip. Every 20 minutes we rotated to the next room and in an hour's time we were done. We had 200 people come and transitions were beautifully smooth. Everyone loved it and even the youngest of children were attentive the whole night. So much fun!!!
8 years 4 months ago #159808 by Rose H
annk---Great tips on how to set up the evening and keep things moving. Thanks for sharing that, Rose
7 years 9 months ago #161648 by Rachel Serpas
Replied by Rachel Serpas on topic Re:Family Reading Night Themes
Last year I hosted a literacy night with the wizard of oz theme. Parents and students followed a yellow brick road to different activities. The assistant principal and other teachers dressed like the wizard of oz characters. Students had their picture taken with the characters. We had "toto" dogs, hot dogs and poppy punch. Each grade level was given a catchy name: Scarecrow's field, Tin man's forest, Lion's den etc. We had literacy phonics activities, living authors where student's read and dressed up like authors. I had our local library set up a table for kids to sign up for library cards. At the end of the night we had door prizes with the oz books/bookmarks and other books.
6 years 6 months ago #164900 by hcon
Replied by hcon on topic Re:Family Reading Night Themes
We called it come ready for bed in pjs and bring a blanket.
It was for an hour of time and it was scattered in leaving times. In the end, the 5th grade students handed out a cup of milk or a small water bottle along with a chocolate chip cookie to the kids.
Each group read a book then had an activity to follow.

Grade K
Placement: ½ Gym
Book: Everything Goes by Sea
Author: Brian Biggs
Activity: Large paper attached to the wall, each child draws a picture to the paper anywhere. Drawings can create a story therefore we will use pictures to words.
(Supplies large paper taped onto the wall and several pencils)

Grade 1
Placement: ½ Gym
Book: The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Activity: Come dressed as your favorite book character. Bring the book with you to share your favorite page, or if you want to talk about what you like about the character.
(Supplies: None or reader's favorite childhood book to show character)

Grade 2
Placement: Cafetorium-stage area
Book: Extra Yarn
Author: Mac Barnett
Activity: Bring your favorite book and read your favorite page. Do you think your book is similar or different to Extra Yarn? Why/Why not? Choose a red yarn if “no” and blue yarn if “yes”. Find a person with the opposite color and braid the yarn together. Once made, cut the “bracelet” and half and split between the 2 students.
(Reader: Yarn red and blue, scissors-several pairs in closet second floor)

Grade 3
Placement: Art Room
Book: Mapping Penny's World
Author: Loreen Leedy
Activity: Create a map of any of the following choices: Your neighborhood, your room, your school, your favorite place to visit, or your imaginary city.

Grade 4
Placement: Hallway between cafeteria and the art room.
Book: White Snow, Bright Snow
Author: Alvin Tresselt
Activity: Match the phrases to the correct literary device sheet. Large white post it notes will be placed on the wall and the students will have an opportunity to read a few sentences or phrases to determine metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification.
(Large Post it notes, cut up the figurative language pages-paste, extra pencils to add to paper)

Grade 5
Placement: Cafeteria
Book: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Activity: Discussion- ·How would you describe Auggie as a person in the first few chapters of the book? What about the final few chapters? Has he changed significantly? Are there any experiences or episodes during the story that you think had a particular effect on him? If so, how?
Ask- What are some ways to encourage to include everyone?
Students will be given an eye flap cover that they can tie on with string and they are asked to do this while they are handing out the cookies and milk to the other students. Students are encouraged to discuss their feelings of how they felt as the other students looked at them. How they are feeling while they are handing out the items?
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