We read the book called “Ready Freddy and the Reading Contest”. In the story, the main character was trying to win a reading contest at his school and he discovered that if he made himself a fort, he could hide away and read for hours and it would only seem like he had been reading for a few minutes. My students loved this story and were very happy that Freddy and his classmates won the contest.
On Friday afternoon ( a few days after finishing the book), we had a “surprise” delivery of a very large box to our classroom. The box was addressed to Mrs. Gajda’s 2nd Grade classroom. We quickly gathered in our meeting area and the children tore open the box. Imagine their surprise, when inside they discovered a box full of books and sheets and blankets. Also inside was a letter from Freddy, explaining that Friday was “Fort Day” and that the children were going to spend the afternoon creating forts with a buddy in the classroom and then spend the rest of the afternoon in their forts with all of our new books to read to and with each other. Freddy hoped that the children found reading in a fort as wonderful as he had!
After all of the forts were built (future engineers and architects!), all of the lights in the classroom were turned off and everyone got a flashlight to read with in their forts! Lots of reading, lots of fun……never underestimate the influence a good book can have on us all!
This activity rivaled having “hot buttered toast with a great deal of butter” for a snack after reading “Mercy Watson Saves the Day.”
Thanks again to the Mary Lyon Foundation for help in finding and funding all of the new books for my classroom. You will also be happy to know that many of the big books that were part of the “package” that was purchased have been read to the students in the k-2 lunch cafeteria during the last 5 minutes of lunch and they love them!