But now that the writing test is behind us, we have to turn our attention back to reading. The kids will have another state wide test in May - a reading one this time. To get them back into the reading mind and to thank them for all the hard work they did preparing for the writing test, I made them some bookmarks. My hope is that they will use them during our SSR (sustained silent reading) time and remember how proud I am of them and how grateful I am for all their hard work.
Here's how I made them...
I used this product from Teachers Pay Teachers. She has all different templates for bookmarks in the one download.
I put the students' names on the front of the bookmark...
...and a quote about reading on the back. The quotes and students were matched at random.
Here are the quotes that I used:
"If you are going to get anywhere in life you had to read a lot of books." ~Roald Dahl
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall." ~Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." ~Jorge Luis Borges
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book." ~Marcel Proust
"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." ~Paul Sweeney
"The more you read, the more things you know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~Dr. Seuss
"Anyone who says they only have one life to live must not know how to read a book." ~Author Unknown
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." ~Oscar Wilde
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." ~Walt Disney
"I cannot live without books." ~Thomas Jefferson
"I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage (fix)." ~Charles De Secondat
"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled, "This could change your life.'" ~Helen Exley
"Never judge a book by its movie." ~J.W. Eagan
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." ~George R.R. Martin
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." ~Mason Cooley
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~Sir Richard Steele
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." ~R. G. Collingwood
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~Stephen King
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." ~Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
"If a book is well-written, I always find it too short." ~Jane Austen
I laminated the bookmarks for durability and hole punched the top so the ribbon could go through.
I chose Dr. Seuss ribbon that I found at a Joann's Fabrics store nearby. I think the students will like that choice. Dr. Seuss is also gender neutral which is nice.
|I cut each strip 12 inches long. That seemed like the perfect length.|
To add the ribbon to the bookmark, I first folded the ribbon in half and threaded it through the holes I had punched.
Then I put the ends through the loop in the ribbon.
|How much fun is Cat in the Hat ribbon?|
Finally, I pulled tight and twisted the ends so that both "fronts" were facing the same direction.
|Ta-Da! Each one took me only about a minute so they went very fast.|
|"I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I Am."|
Do you do little things like this for your students or kids when they have a big test coming? I would love some ideas as that reading test gets closer and closer.