Developing a love of reading at an early age is one of the best investments in a student's future school success. With that in mind, the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation (CEPF) developed Reading...Give It A Shot!
Since 1995, CEPF, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and other corporate partners have been opening the minds of young children to the incredible world of knowledge, imagination and creativity through discovering the joy of reading.
Whether it's books, newspapers, magazines or content on the internet, Reading...Give It A Shot! encourages students in the elementary grades to read. All students can participate regardless of reading level.
Participating is easy!
Reading...Give It A Shot!"The Reading Game"
In response to educator feedback from last year's program, teachers now have the flexibility to choose from a variety of strategies most appropriate for their individual classrooms. The goal for students, no matter what the strategy, is to collect the entire set of player trading cards.
Teachers may choose to use the following strategies:
The Warm Up - (Kindergarten - Grade 3)
Grades K to 3 students are invited to be a part of the program. The trading cards focus on Harvey, the Calgary Flames' team mascot. Teachers are free to determine how the cards will be distributed to their students based on literacy strategies they are using in their classrooms. The Harvey trading cards are specifically designed for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.
When students "score" a reading goal they receive one trading card for every one hundred minutes read. Completing 2400 minutes of reading will ensure that a student receives the entire set of trading cards. Teachers are welcome to modify the number of minutes required for each trading card for students in the younger grades or to meet individual learning needs of their students.
A second alternative allows teachers to challenge their class to develop a process for students to earn each trading card as a group. Earning the trading cards through teamwork and perseverance could be the theme. From the whole class earning a trading card each time a literacy goal is achieved, to accolades for taking personal risks such as reading aloud in class for the first time, or being a leader of literacy in the classroom, students and their teacher together can determine the route to distributing the trading cards.
Make this an individual expedition for your class. Students can determine their own literacy goals as an individual journey to becoming a more confident reader and writer. Just signing a book out of the library for the first time could be a goal for one student, while reading a chapter book in a week could be a goal for another. Students setting their own goals helps them to develop personal commitment and a sense of accomplishment.
Used as a home reading incentive, teachers are welcome to encourage students to log their time spent reading at home. Whether it be reading aloud to younger siblings, replacing computer game time with computer reading time or simply curling up with a good book (or e-reader!), students and teachers together can determine what is required for each individual student to "earn" each trading card.
Schools make the playoffs by having a "full house" of student involvement. In each partner school district, schools who have total school involvement in Reading...Give It A Shot! are eligible to receive recognition thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Schools can "win":
A Flames player and "Harvey" visit to your school
A Flames jersey
Tickets to a Flames home game for a student and their parent or guardian
Support for an author in residence or software focused on literacy for use in the school.