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Tuesday,March 21, 2023, Slice of Life Challenge # 21/31 Bell ringer activity #Reading Routine

Bell ringer activity that has become a reading routine.


We have been doing nonfiction units back to back, information, and now argument units, since these are researching units it often leaves less scope for learners to read what they crave for.

I felt the love for reading evaporating from my fifth graders.


I was contemplating on how to bring the reading passion back to the class amidst the tight schedule that I have. So here is what I tried.

Well, it's been a few weeks since I started a bell ringer reading routine #10 minutes independent reading, totally a student's choice.


Every day when students come to my class, they leave everything and read.

Here is what I said to them for the first week:


"Read from the book or device,

read an infographic or a nonfiction book

engross yourself in historical fiction or a graphic novel

Just read, whatever you'd love to...."


Just so you know, this reading isn't a part of any unit study or book club.


Trust me, as if it was a magic wand, puff of air and almost everyone is reading now, they are looking forward to this, every morning. On days that I tell them that we won't have time for our 10-minute independent reading, they urge and persuade me ardently, to read. There are times I increase this time depending on my class schedule.


And trust me I ain't complaining, about that extra time!






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Nadia  Fatima
Nadia Fatima
Mar 23, 2023

I agree

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Amy Spitzer
Amy Spitzer
Mar 22, 2023

Don't you love it? I used to always begin my class with 7-10 minutes of "Sacred Writing Time" to get them settled and in the right headspace. This year, with reading having fallen off so precipitously, I began 15-20 minutes of "Sacred Reading Time" and I agree that it is like waving a magic wand!

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Nadia  Fatima
Nadia Fatima
Mar 23, 2023
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Sacred reading and writing, wow! Nothing like it!

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Nadia  Fatima
Nadia Fatima
Mar 22, 2023

Thank you

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Leigh Anne Eck
Leigh Anne Eck
Mar 22, 2023

This is exacty what do. I am one of the few in my school who do not do tradtional bell ringers, but for me, this 10 minute reading time is invaluable! I hope you are able to maintain it becuase some times that gets tricky.

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Nadia  Fatima
Nadia Fatima
Mar 22, 2023
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Leigh, I feel there's so much that connects us. I am glad that we met here.

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Ramona Behnke
Ramona Behnke
Mar 21, 2023

I love this! And there's no finer work you can do than fostering a passion for reading.

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