Sparking Student Motivation: How many stories will your class read this month?

Sometimes all it takes is a friendly little competition to spark some student motivation!  I mean, competition gets adults going so why not use this with students as well?!?  This year in first grade that is just what we are doing to help encourage our students to read (and be excited about stories) each and every day!

My team partner and I each have these posted in our classroom. With each story we read aloud in class, our star student,  makes a tally mark on the page below in our own separate classrooms.

We only had about a week in August but we were able to do a lot of read alouds these first few days of school-which I absolutely love! 

Then, at the end of the month we tally them up for our total and post it on our doors!  This is a display by Teacher Created Resources and can be found by clicking here

It is a fun easy way to encourage students to read.  Although we are the ones doing the reading right now-at some point the competition might change to have students do more of the reading.  Right now, I am loving how excited my first graders get to add another tally to our chart because we read a book!  As we are approaching the middle of September, my students are saying, "When can we read another book?" Simply because they want to beat our "August Score."  I can only imagine the math activities too we will be able to do with this information later in the school year!  

Grab your copy of the "Monthly Book Challenge"  by click here or the picture below.  

This is one way I am "Sparking Student Motivation" by putting a friendly competition behind our read alouds.  Thanks Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for hosting this wonderful linky!  Head over to Joanne's blog to see how other teachers are engaging their students!  

Happy Saturday!


  1. What a fun idea, Amanda! I can see how this would be really motivating for little ones. I do know they love self-competition! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. This is adorable! I think even my fourth graders would love this :)


  3. That is a really fun idea! I could see my building implementing this and have a competition between you and your partner teacher. Oh...and I am your newest follower....found your blog on Head Over Heels for Teaching's linky party!!

    Mind Sparks

  4. What a fun way to motivate your little readers! I love a little competition! I bet it's music to your ears to hear them begging you to read! :) So awesome Amanda! Thanks for sharing and linking up a great idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. I love this idea! We all do Daily 5 and we always have a competition to see who can build up their stamina the fastest! Thanks for sharing!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  6. Great post. This article is really very informative & effective. I think its must be helpful for us.
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