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My school's literacy team is creating R-E-A-D-O cards to send home at  
every grade level (1-5) to encourage summer reading. Prizes will be  
awarded in some way for filling the card. (This idea is still in the  
planning stages.)The team members worked on creating the cards and  
asked me to proof them. I think that the cards need more variation  
and wondered if anyone has anything or this type or knows of a  
similar idea that I could pass on to the team. The main thrust of the  
team is to improve literacy within our 90 minute reading block and  
extra hour of reading intervention time for those who need it.  We  
have a three year grant and are heavily involved with phonics, the  
Voyager program and the Read Naturally program in addition to the  
reading series.

The cards had general categories and specific authors, but I think  
that team members just sat down for a half hour to create them and  
just did them off the top of their heads, so to speak. I am going to  
make some suggestions, but am pressed for time due to a schoolwide  
expo that I am involved with until early May and thought that this  
idea might be out in LM_Net land somewhere (in some form.)

I would personally prefer to have authors on the cards that have more  
readable text (I am thinking of the mysteries by Cynthia Rylant and I  
Can Read books, for example), instead of "popular" authors such as  
Marc Brown and Norman Bridwell that have been translated into TV  
shows or videos. But I could be on the wrong track...I just not have  
had the time to research this idea.

I would appreciate any and all who could help. I will pass on your  
ideas to the team.
Deb Hendrickson

Deborah J. Hendrickson
Media Specialist/Technology Leader/Teacher-Librarian
Westernport Elementary School
172 Church Street
Westernport, MD 21562

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