What is Readingopoly?I decided I had to come up with something that had more student buy in. My goal was to get students to like to read, not make it another chore. I also wanted to encourage students to read different genres. Yes, I know that students enjoy reading books in a series. Yes, I know kids should be able to select their own book. I wanted a system that would encourage kids to read a lot of different books while providing student choice. I also didn't want to spend a lot of time or money tracking what each student read.
I created Readingopoly! It is a "game" in which students collect game board pieces and earn brag tags for collecting a set. Each set focuses on a different genre. Students keep track of their own pieces on a mini-game board. You give them the sticker when they earn it - no more lost (or stolen) pieces. If a student doesn't want to read the genre, they just don't earn the sticker and brag tag.
Setting up ReadingopolyIt does take a little set up in the beginning. Teachers need to print and assemble the game board and post it on a bulletin board or science board. Teachers will need a game board for each student. I recommend printing the stickers and the brag tags and storing them in an organizer or file. Templates for each are included in the resource. I printed the stickers on address labels. Also, a book review form is included as an additional option.
I will tell you, the board draws a lot of interest from students. It is definitely an attention grabber. My students enjoy collecting the fast food stickers for prizes, so this was easy for them to understand.
Readingopoly: A Fun Alternative to Reading LogsThis program can be used with a lot of flexibility. Students can easily read books on their own level. Teachers could require students to show the book to earn the sticker. Teachers could use AR and Reading Counts tests or a simple discussion about the book as proof of reading. Teachers could also require a completed book review to earn the sticker.
Look what teachers have said about the Readingopoly program:
Francesca said: "My students are so excited to start collecting their readingopoly pieces! I can't wait to see how this goes throughout the year. I was looking for a new way to have students track their reading and this is so much more fun than the traditional reading log. Thanks!"
The Literacy Lodge said, "Love this resource and how I am able to customize it for my classroom. I plan to use it as incentive for students to read a variety of books with our AR program.. Thanks so much for making reading fun!"