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October 14, 2014 We Challenge You: The Book Reading Challenge By Meghan Everette
Grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    We Want You . . . to read this book!

    My students have been enjoying all of the Flat Stanley adventures during the first quarter of school. The entire grade level read Flat Stanley, but my class wasn’t ready to say goodbye to him just yet. We just finished scrapbooks of our adventure with Stanley as he was Framed in France. My students wanted to know if other classes were reading the book as well, and when I said they weren’t, students wanted to challenge the other classes to read. The Book Reading Challenge was born.

    The overwhelming success of recent Internet challenges is undeniable. We took the power of a viral video and applied the same concept to reading. Students selected books to read from the class, public, or home library to challenge someone else to read. After reading a book, students used our class set of iPads to record themselves issuing a challenge to another student to read the same book.

    These simple, ten-second videos have boosted reading in our classroom. Everyone wants to read a book so they can create a video to share. I’ve sent the videos to parents so that they can post them on their social media sites if they choose. If you want to join in the challenge, show our video to your class and challenge your students to start reading.

    There are other ways to increase involvement using the Book Reading Challenge:

    • Have parents record challenges to their children.

    • Have your entire class challenge another class on campus, or in another school.

    • Bring the Book Reading Challenge into your mystery Skype session.

    • Use the power of siblings; students can challenge younger brothers and sisters to read.

    • Get one guided reading book to challenge another group in the class.

    • Have two students pick different books and take turns persuading someone to pick their choice over the other book presented.

    • Turn it around — have students challenge parents or another teacher to read a book.


    Whichever way you choose, create a video and spread the challenge. You can challenge my class by posting in the comments below or tweeting us at @OurFirstGrade. Watch the love of reading become viral!


    Did you post a challenge online? Post a link in the comments below. We’d love to take your challenge!

    Book reading challenge



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