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Reading Passports: Where Can Reading Take You?

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We all know that students need to read EVERY. DAY. But, I am sure that all of you have seen THOSE kids. You know the ones. The ones that drive you crazy. They are simply pretending to read OR picking up a different book each and every day. Seriously! Every. Day. It makes me shake my head when there are just so many great books out there.

It is this very reason why I build in an independent reading program around my library theme each year. Each of the teachers in grades three, four, and five participate in the program in their classrooms. I love it because it unifies ALL students. teachers, and classrooms with the library. Each year the program revolves around students reading, receiving stickers, and earning prizes from the library. You can read more about this free program on a throwback blog post {Just click HERE}. I wish that I could encourage teachers and librarians everywhere to give it a try. It is truly one of the BEST things that I do in my program.

This year, I created Reading Passports that my students are using to track the number of books that they have read. I was so thrilled with the way that they turned out that I couldn't resist sharing them with you.
 
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I printed each cover on a blue sheet of card stock. I thought that it gave the passports a more realistic appearance. Each page in the Reading Passport represents one place that reading can take you. My students are completing one page at a time regardless of the genre of their books. However, if you wished, these passports could easily be adapted to work as genre passports where each page could represent a different genre.
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My students earn a sticker for each book that they read. Then, they place the sticker in one of the empty squares of the chart. When they read six books and receive six stickers, they get their passport stamped! I also have a collection of prizes that students earn with each stamp. Too fun!! My kids have loved these passports. They especially enjoy watching their progress as they complete their pages.

If you love these as much as I do, you are welcome to a FREE download that you can use with your own students. A click HERE, or on the pictures above, will bring you to Google Drive where you can download your own copy for free!!

I always tell kids that if they don't like reading, they haven't met the right book yet! Encourage your kids to get serious about their reading with these fun Reading Passports.

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