After a number of requests for editable copies Book BINGO – and a timely PPT tip from my favorite school counselor, Mrs. Watling – Book BINGO is now available for anyone to download and edit as a PowerPoint file! Please be sure the slide size (under Design) is set at a custom size of 11″ x 8.5″ before printing.
Here’s the original Book BINGO post for reference, if needed.
What I learned after hosting Book BINGO for students in grades 2-4 during 2017-2018:
- Set a day each week when you’ll review completed Book BINGO cards. Otherwise, it’s overwhelming.
- Prizes? It’s up to you. If you go that route, our Book BINGO bookmarks (with tassels) were popular and inexpensive.
- Be prepared for students who want a new challenge board. I had numerous readers finish within a month and request a new challenge. I wasn’t ready for this.
- Have grade 1 students who want to participate? Let them. Maybe make a few styles of boards to support all grade 1 readers: those reading independently and those reading with assistance.
- Audiobooks & read-alouds count! Remind them – and their families – of this!
- I had zero teachers participate. Maybe because I was new and the program was new? Either way, I’ll try again next year…
- During our assembly recognition of BINGO column finishers, I’d make a change: include students who are really working to grow as readers. There was the boy who read all 8 Dragon Masters books during Spring Break but never finished a column. A girl who only read graphic novels but never finished a column. An avid reader who didn’t care about writing down titles, only about reading. If I celebrate those who finish, I can also celebrate those who are reading in their own way.
- Waning interest? Increase booktalks…and tie the booktalks to sections of the BINGO board.
Cheers, y’all! –arika