Today we have a special guest blogger joining us. I’m proud to present Richard Giso from Room to Read. He has agreed to share a great class reward that he uses. After reading, be sure to grab the freebie he is offering.
Here’s a spin on an idea that a fellow first grade teacher shared with me about a “Book Fairy” that visited her children’s literature class when she was a graduate student.
I searched online and found a jeannie lamp. The whole idea is that my class gets a visit from the “Book Jeannie” as a reward. The first time the Book Jeannie comes to my classroom, the lamp appears with a brand new, wrapped book and a letter written on “Book Jeannie Stationary.”
I act all surprised and really jazz this occurrence up! We read the letter and book together. The book becomes a part of my classroom library. I leave the lamp in my library. When the Book Jeannie comes again, it always moves to a new spot. This fun filled idea is a great addition to any classroom. Here are some pictures of me getting ready for a “visit”:
I chose the book “Perfect Square” my Michael Hall.
I bought some shiny wrapping paper with a glitter bow.
I wrote a note on my Jeannie Stationary.
I get my jeannie lamp, wrap the book, attach the note and I am ready to place this in my classroom library. Not only does it serve as a reward for good class behavior, but it also promotes a love of literacy.
- Richard Giso