Tips for School: Reading Rockets on Reading Fluency

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Happy back to school!  Reading Rockets has some great ideas for parents about improving reading fluency, like “paired reading” (reading together) and rereading favorite books.  The most important thing is for parents to realize that their involvement is critical.  And, as I always recommend, that means that children need to see their parents take pleasure in reading.  Take them to the library and check out books for both of you.  Turn off the TV and computers and iPads and read.  Our family used to have occasional “reading bum” dinners, when we would all read as we ate.  It was a lot of fun to see what everyone was reading.  And my children are still great readers.

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Halloween Books for Kids from Reading Rockets

Posted on October 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Reading Rockets has ten books for families about Halloween, including A Newbery Halloween : A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors, Hoodwinked (a little witch finds a surprising pet), and Pumpkin Pumpkin (a tiny seed grows into a pumpkin which makes its own seed to be planted next year).  Happy Halloween!

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Film-making Competition for Kids and Teens!

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

“Central casting” at AdLit.org and Reading Rockets is looking for young, creative writers and filmmakers to participate in the Exquisite Prompt “Write It, Film It Video Contest” for kids ages 7-18.
First, you pick a “prompt” suggested by one of these great writers.
* Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio)
* Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia)
* Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux)
* Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis)
* Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising)
* Steven Kellogg (Chicken Little)
* Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
And be sure to check out their exquisite corpse adventure. An “exquisite corpse” is a writing game where everyone writes a different part of the same story, not seeing what anyone else has done.
Then you write a script. The site has a lot of great resources to help guide you.
Then you can enter your script or go ahead and make a movie (no more than 3 minutes) and send it in. Teams of two are allowed. All the rules and information about how to enter are here.
Film It! Keep it simple, keep it interesting. Remember: maximum length: 3 minutes. Titles, musical interludes, and ‘special effects’ are cool but not required.
Enter Now! The contest has three competition levels:
* Level I: ages 7-10
* Level II: ages 11-13
* Level III: ages 14-18
* Winners from each competition level will have their video published on Reading Rockets, AdLit.org, and YouTube
* Gold Award Winners will receive a Flip HD video camera, a collection of books and DVDs, and movie tickets
* Silver Award and Bronze Award Winners will receive books, DVDs, and movie tickets
Good luck!

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The Best Boredom Cure: GREAT Books

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I love movies, but they don’t come close to books as a cure for boredom. Reading Rockets has a list of guaranteed boredom-banishers for elementary school kids. Best of all — many of them explain how to do cool projects, from making green eggs and ham to creating pop-up books, leading to even more hours of boredom-free activity.
And the same goes for you, grown-ups!

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Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

Posted on October 11, 2009 at 8:00 am

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story about horses?

And here’s a short animated version of the book:

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