Each month the students are given an opportunity to earn a MILLION DOLLARS for a variety of different books. I found the million dollar bills at our local grocery store for 2$, but I have seen them online.
How do they earn a million dollars?Here is a list of just some of the ways that they can earn a million dollars:
September-October: Read a Newbery or Newbery Honor Book. Actually this offer extends through the entire year.
November-December: Coordinated with the individual teachers in their science and history curriculum. The students could read any biography about a scientist. (I had a 4th grade boy read a book about Marie Curie and he was FASCINATED!)
January-February: We have focused on books for Black History month, the civil war, American History, and inventors. They could also earn a million dollars by memorizing the Gettysburg address.
March-April: Students earn a million dollars for poetry and art books.
I have a rack where I display possible Million Dollar books for reading.
Before they get the million bucks . . . a book talk!The students must write a paragraph (3-5 sentences) about the book. I have a form available for them. When they turn in the form, I know they are ready to earn their Million. When the class is gathered, I have the student read the 3-5 sentences to the class. It's an instant short book talk! As a class, we give them a round of applause and I award them their money. If we have many students reporting, we skip reading time, but it's been exciting to see the variety of books that are checked out since we started earning money for reading. The paragraphs are displayed, with their picture, in the library. I took them down in December and we are filling up the wall again.
Now it's time to spend!I set up a "6-5-4 Bookstore" full of discarded books for sale, erasers, candy, scented bookmarks, puzzles, posters and other prizes. The students can spend their million bucks or keep it as a bookmark. In December I awarded the class with the most Million Dollar Readers.
We are having so much fun!!