March at Douglas brings its own form of March Madness -- the Reading Challenge! The Reading Challenge is always scheduled to coincide with Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America.
For the Reading Challenge, students complete reading logs each week of any reading done (or read to them) above and beyond their assigned classroom reading. Each week a class receives an extra recess to honor them for reading the most that week. Later, there is a special day to honor all of the students for participating.
We had an outer space theme for the March 2016 Reading Challenge: Reading is a Blast! We encouraged students to launch into reading every day in the month of March. These brave students read for 2800 million miles--the distance from Neptune to the Sun! Each minute they read is equal to 20,000 miles.
- Log the minutes your students read (print or electronic), are read to, or listened to on audiobook.
- Submit the minutes online via the form Dr. Whitbeck will send each week. If you can't submit online, send in the paper reading log each Monday.
Each week, we honored two Stellar Readers who individually read the most minutes. (One from grades K-2, one from grades 3-6.)
And each week, two classes who collectively read the most earned an extra recess. (One from grades K-2, one from grades 3-6.)
As part of our theme, we are accepted contributions to the Christa McAuliffe Center, a not-for-profit institution in Framingham dedicated to providing young people with unique and engaging opportunities for growth in all STEM-related fields of interest.
In 2015, we had a Sessational March Reading Challenge. Dr. Whitbeck dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and made appearances around Douglas and the town of Acton.
2014 brought us Reading Quest! Dr. Whitbeck faced a knight in shining armor in a battle of words!