Reading Is First

Great Ideas for Teachers and Librarians


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About the Book

Learning to read is a major mile marker in everyone’s life. So much of a child’s success in school and after depends on an ability to read. For children who are encouraged to read and have their skills reinforced, reading can become a lifelong passion.
Geared toward teachers and librarians, this book presents twenty themes designed to promote reading and reading programs, especially to children who may need extra encouragement and motivation. The themes range from ice cream and pizza to baseball and football to farming and ecology, and were primarily developed for use with the Reading Counts and Accelerated Reader programs, but could be easily adapted for other programs. Each theme includes ideas for wall displays to chart reading progress, possible assemblies to correspond to the theme, related Internet sites to explore, rewards or incentives for achievement, ways to coordinate the theme to other subject areas, patterns for making display items, and tips for how to do it all on a tight budget.

About the Author(s)

Gayle Skaggs is the librarian at Cole R–5 Elementary School in Eugene, Missouri.
Robert L. Skaggs is a freelance graphic artist. They live in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Gayle Skaggs
Illustrated by Robert L. Skaggs
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 120
Bibliographic Info: 99 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1576-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1111-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

Getting Started      3

Basketball      5

Baseball      14

Football      20

Soccer      24

Racing to Read      28

Seeing the U.S.A.      35

Around the World in a School Year      42

Read-’em … Rope-’em      48

The Farm      53

Underwater, or Gone Fishing!      58

The Rain Forest      64

Save Our Planet      70

Once Upon a Time      74

The Olympics      79

Outer Space      84

Community Helpers      90

Calendar      93

Under Construction      97

The Ice Cream Parlor      100

Pizza Pizazz      106

Index      111

Book Reviews & Awards

“full of ideas for new teachers, new librarians, those on a limited budget, and those who are just looking for ways to get elementary-grade children interested in reading…all can be done with resources on hand and with little if any expenditure. Advice is simple but practical and may be overlooked by first timers or overworked ‘experts’…these ideas offer ways to involve everyone in the reading process”—School Library Journal; “this little book contains so many ideas that the possibilities are almost endless”—Catholic Library World.