Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reading Marathon

We had a Reading Marathon last Wednesday!  I found this idea in the fall on a website and have no idea from who...if it was you, please let me know so I can give you credit!

What is a Reading Marathon?  It was 110 minutes of reading and writing and the kids loved it!!!
The day started with the children getting a piece of large paper and folding into 6 squares.  They took out the book that they were reading independently.  I set my timer to keep everyone on task.  Every ten minutes the children would alternate between working on a square or reading.  I even participated in the reading!  The kids asked to do this everyday...I told them once a month!  I think I might try a different genre.  This could be tweaked to do a project.  ex. Animals
Round 1- Make a new cover for your book, including title and author. (10 minutes)
Round 2- Read for 10 minutes
Round 3- Choose your favorite character draw and label.  Write three important details about the character.
Round 4- Read for 10 minutes
Round 5- Write a quick summary of your book.  (We used the somebody, wanted, but, so, then organizer)
Round 6- Read for 10 minutes

Round 7- Draw a visualization from the book.
Round 8- Read for 10 minutes
Round 9- Write 3 questions about your book.  (we used "I wonder" statements too)

Round 10- Read for 10 minutes

Round 11- Write a connection or the theme or both.


  1. Looks like fun! I may have to borrow the idea! We have a short week in mid April with conferences, and this just might be the perfect thing. Thanks for sharing!

    Learning in Bliss

  2. Love this idea! I may have to try it out in my classroom. :) Thanks for sharing.
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  3. Your kids will love it...they were so engaged!

  4. What a great activity! It is so wonderful to see kids ENJOYING reading. Kudos to you!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. WOW! This is awesome. I just did a read-in yesterday with my kiddos and this would've been a great addition to what they did.

    My Life as a Fifth Grade Teacher

  6. This is an awesome idea. So excited to use it in my class. :)

  7. LOVE THIS! It's a short week and we are finishing up our nonfiction unit in reading workshop. This will be perfect, adjusted to nonfiction of course. I like the little breaks to show what they are learning about their reading!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  8. I love the reading marathon. Will definitely borrow this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I tried this right before spring break and the kids absolutely loved it! This is something I will do again. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I tried it last Friday with nonfiction. My students stayed on task...with only 3 days left until summer. THANKS a million for sharing. Going to fiction next week.

  11. I tried it last Friday with nonfiction. My students stayed on task...with only 3 days left until summer. THANKS a million for sharing. Going to fiction next week.

  12. This is AWESOME! Will definitely borrow this idea and try it in my class :D - Erlin (Singapore)

  13. Thank you! I've been looking for a new book report/activity!

  14. I just saw your reading marathon blog post. You wondered where the idea came from, and it came from me! I have included this strategy in several newsletters and freebies. I just thought you might want to know. I like what you've done with it!
    Laura Candler
    Teaching Resources Website

    1. Laura,

      I love your site and use many of your ideas and products! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  15. I love this. Can't wait to use it with my 4th graders next year!

  16. I'm going to try this with my fifth and sixth graders.