Saturday, May 25, 2013

Spark Student Motivation Saturday

Linking up again with Head Over Heels for Spark Student Motivation Saturdays. Last Friday I had my Reading Counts party, Reading is Magic, for students who reached a goal of 125 points. The students get to stay after school on a Friday until 8pm (and they are excited about it). There were students who had a hard time concentrating in school on Friday because they were so excited (*cough, cough* Mrs. Miller).

When the students first arrive right after school they are given a snack and I give them a run down of the evening ahead of them. This years schedule was:
2:00-2:45 Check in and snack
2:45-3:15 Our awesome science teacher, Ms. Portigo, did a rocket launch for the kids.
3:15-4:15 Fun, interesting, exciting science experiments (Slime, Rotocopters, Hoopster airplanes, and more)
4:15-5:15 (which turned into 5:30 because of an impromptu dance party) Misc. activities such as ice cream making, monster book marks (seen them on Pinterest???), scooter races, sidewalk chalk, and 4 pin dodgeball.
5:30-6:15 Dinner (Pizza and left over snacks) and a movie (Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves)
6:15-7:30 Minute to Win It games, they earned tickets for each task they were able to complete.
7:30-8:00 Was PRIZE TIME!!! I bought several books and prizes from the Book Fair I had recently and had them set out during the whole party. We were able to pull tickets for the whole 30 minutes. Every kids went home with at least 4 prizes and more books to READ.

The night was a huge success and a lot of fun. I am hoping we can get even more kids there next year :)


  1. Thanks for posting a detailed schedule-maybe other schools will host an event like this! My students were VERY excited about this event to say the least! It was like a party for my class since they all made it and got to hang out together! I posted about your event last night! :O) Thanks Sharron for all you do and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. What an awesome night! I love the monster bookmarks - I always think about making them, maybe Halloween!

  3. What a fantastic idea, and such a great way to celebrate a great accomplishment. I give my students "prizes" for their Reading Counts points starting at 200 points. This year I have one girl who has earned over 1,000 points! Needless to say she is getting a prize from me and from the school!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. So fun that you should post about this. My son stayed after school with our media specialist last night until 9 to celebrate our Lightning Club, which is reading 10 books from our SC Award's Book list. :) So awesome that you guys did this for the kids. :) I'm Brandee, your newest follower and I am thrilled that I found you via the linky. :) Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners