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Best of Works4Me: Read Across America

Teaching Ideas for Reading Events, Programs & Activities

Found In: Advice & Support, Works4Me

Works4Me is a free weekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written and submitted by the readers themselves. Here we present you with a collection of teaching ideas related to our Read Across America program, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss.

  • Kids Read Across America
    Students celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday (March 2) by reading their way across the United States with this activity that combines reading and geography.
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    Ms. Kuneleman's class really knows how to celebrate reading! Read about her tip to get students, parents and thecommunity excited about Read Across America.
  • Encouraging Students To Read More
  • Electronic Reading Group
    Here's a great tip for a school-wide reading celebration that involves students and staff. Read about Ms; Martin's tip here.
  • Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week
    Ms. Routzing shares her school's tried and true tips for celebrating reading with students, faculty, and the community!
  • Dr. Seuss's Birthday
    When Ms. Cerabona's class celebrates Read Across America, it's a community effort! Read about her tip, here!
  • Dr. Seuss Goes Sports
    Here's a fun theme to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday and read Across America.
  • Dr. Seuss Day
    Getting ready for Dr. Seuss Day? Or just looking to have some Dr. Seuss learning fun in your classroom? These edcuators have a host of activities they'd like to share.
  • Sleeping Bag Readathon
    If you want students to enjoy reading, why not make an afternoon of it? With snacks and sleeping bags, Ms. Boc's students occasionally curl up with a good book.
  • School-Wide Celebration
    Celebrate reading with these tips from Ms. Shlegle. From costumes, to school parades, to local celebrity appearances, her school goes all out during Read Across America week.
  • Reading in the Halls
    Here's a reading tip that Ms. Rufkahr enlisted her colleageus for during Read Across America.. It worked so well, her principal says the school should do it every week.
  • Reading Festival
    Celebreate reading with these two creative ideas for reading festivals. Ms. Stensrud says the students and parents love it and the community connection is remarkable.
  • Reading Across America
    Perfect for Read Across America! Ms. Henderson's classroom is cleared of all the furniture, and she creates a fun way to celebrate reading while learning about the United States map!
  • Celebrate Reading with the Cat
    Ms. Cashell helps organize a week full of reading events and activities to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2). There are Seuss-inspired costumes, guest readers, fundraisers, trivia quizzes, prizes, and even a Crazy Hair, Crazy Hat Day.
  • Book Swap with 2-for-1 Coupons
    Each year our school holds Drop Everything And Read (Dear) Week. It has become an annual tradition eagerly awaited by students and staff alike. We hold a book swap for students and staff. So that ever...


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