One of the most exciting times of the month in my classroom is when the Scholastic Book Box arrives. It typically happens around 2:50 pm on a Friday afternoon. We get the call from the main office saying a package has arrived. My students know exactly what that means, they’ve been counting down the days until its arrival. Everyone drops what they are doing and a chorus of children shouting “THE BOOK BOX IS HERE!” fills the room. The last 40 minutes of our day is then spent passing out student book orders and previewing titles I have purchased for our classroom library. Even the most reluctant readers in the room have huge smiles on their faces. There’s just something exciting about that big box of books.
Scholastic Reading Club is one of the most important tools that I use in the classroom. Once a month (sometimes every other month, depending on the holiday season) I send home the Scholastic Reading Club Flyers with students. These flyers are full of fantastic, high-interest books that are appropriate for different grade levels and reading levels. Students get excited to see characters from their favorite books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The books are reasonably priced, sometimes starting as low as $1 a book. Teachers can easily submit book orders online or via mail. Parents and guardians can even submit orders online using the classroom code given to each participating class.
Along with being a way for students to build a library of their own at home, Scholastic Reading Club helps teachers build their classroom library at school. With every student order, teachers build up bonus points to use on books and materials for their classroom. Every $1 spent on books contributes 1 point towards the teacher account. Books can be purchased with bonus points starting at as little as 80 points. Scholastic often has bonus point multipliers and special gifts when orders reach a certain dollar amount. For example, last month my class and I spent $200+ on our Scholastic Reading Club order. We received 1805 bonus points, a free I Survived book for every student in my class, and Lego Star Wars bookmarks for students who ordered. With the bonus points we earned this month I was able to add exciting titles to our classroom library such as the entire Mo Willem’s Pigeon series, Kate Messner’s Ranger in Time series, and many others.
Scholastic Reading Club offers many exciting literacy opportunities for teachers and students alike. As teachers, when we introduce our students to a variety of appealing books, we build a buzz about reading in our classrooms. Scholastic is a facilitator in creating this buzz.
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