Surviving Spring to Welcome Summer Blog Hop {Giveaway & Freebie}

We are only weeks away from the end of the school year!  Can you believe how fast this year has gone by, although I am sure some of you may have wished this year went by even quicker!  Are you getting Spring fever, or are your students the ones showing signs of being checked out!?!  My BBB's and I have pulled together some of our favorite survival tips for this time of year and along with a few AWESOME giveaways!

By this time of year do you feel like it's pulling teeth to get your students to read?  It seems like all they want to do is everything BUT read!  Around this time last year I implemented Reading Bingo, I will introduce it this year on Monday when we get back from Spring Break.

Each student is provided a copy of the Reading Bingo sheet and can read any of the books off the chart.  We use AR at my school so students are encouraged to choose AR books so I can see that they did read and comprehend a book from their Bingo sheet.

Once they have read a book and passed the AR test I use a Bingo dauber to mark of their square.  Each time a student makes a BINGO they earn one of the following: a prize from the prize bin, candy, or a classroom ticket of their choice.  I do not allow them to stop there!  I encourage them to get as many Bingo's as possible for the remainder of the school year.  They will receive a prize with each Bingo.

My class last year did not enjoy reading. Once I implemented Reading Bingo I had more students meet their monthly AR goal in the last month of school than any other month!  This year's group LOVES reading, but HATES AR test.  They truly read for pleasure...I am blessed to have them!

I encourage you to grab my Reading Bingo Freebie to keep your students excited about reading these last few weeks of school!  I have created two different Bingo sheets. They both have the similar non-fiction text requirements, but one has students read any book from several fiction series and the other list specific fiction books. There is a color and BW copy for each sheet because by this time of year you may be out of color ink or color copies. :)  I hope you can use one of them with your students!  

After entering my secret code into the Rafflecopter below, click on the button below to HOP on over to visit Theresa and Robyn!

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  1. This is fun! AND I LOOOOOVE the new design!! Looks so great! :)

  2. LOVE your new design! It looks awesome Jess! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. ALL kids love Bingo! Great idea! Love your new blog design-it looks fantastic! Thanks for linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. This reminds me of the 40 Book Challenge & would be a great way to get kids (re)motivated to read! I love your design too -- great colors!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. FUN!!! My students and I love BINGO! Thanks for the freebie! Your new blog look is eye catching! Love it!!



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