This past summer, schools across the state hosted Read to be Ready summer programs where students and teachers engaged in high-interest reading activities. Click through the slideshow below to see highlights from the west Tennessee programs. You can learn more at the Read to be Ready website here.
- Teachers in Lauderdale County involved families in the Read to be Ready camp and the success of their students. They hosted trainings to familiarize families with the terminology used at camp, as well as the camp’s read aloud model. The trainings also shared how to choose appropriately-leveled books and how to use the tools teachers sent home with students. Families were also invited to accompany the campers to the library every Wednesday afternoon to watch their students show off their literacy skills and to celebrate their achievements.
- Students in Jackson-Madison spent the summer learning about nature and how they can take care of their community. During one week, they read about different owls and then had the opportunity to learn more about them by dissecting owl pellets. This science activity required students to apply what they had learned about owls to explain their pellet discoveries.
- In Hardeman County, teachers engaged students in a read aloud of a Dr. Seuss book and then students brainstormed rhyming words of their own, so they could write their own Seuss-inspired book. Students wrote and illustrated their stories and had the chance to read their literary masterpieces to the entire class.