End of Year Reading Celebration! Idea & Resources for Primary Classrooms Blog Feature

By: Margo Ensz on May 5th, 2014

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End of Year Reading Celebration! Idea & Resources for Primary Classrooms

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Lesson: End of Year Reading Celebration 

Level: Primary Classrooms


  • Students will celebrate their reading successes for the current school year.


  • Dr. Seuss Poster

  • Reading awards for each student in the classroom.

  • Snacks and drinks (if desired)


  • Print and display the Dr. Seuss poster in your classroom.

  • Prepare individual student reading awards based on observations of student reading behaviors from Reader’s Workshop.  We have included some ideas below.

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Celebration Idea:

  • During one of the final Reader’s Workshop times of the school year have the students gather in an area of the classroom to present awards for reading.

  • Serve snacks and drinks (if desired).

  • Take a moment to discuss each student’s successes in reading and present the student with his/her award.

Reading Award Ideas:

  • Most improved reader

  • Always uses independent reading time wisely

  • Stays on topic when talking about reading

  • Pays attention during mini-lessons

  • Chooses just right books

The teacher might also think about reading skills that are a strength for each child.  Here are some skills to consider: 

  • Comprehension

  • Fluency

  • Sight words

  • Writing about reading

The teacher might also consider what types of books a child reads and understands well (an expert, so to speak):

  • Fiction

  • Nonfiction

  • Animal books

  • History books

  • Mysteries

  • Popular series

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