What: Book BINGO – a BINGO board devoted to reading different types of books.
When: Starting NOW. Or, in a school year, some time in October. This allows everyone time to settle in.
Where: Reading can happen ANYWHERE – at home, on the bus, in the car, on a plane, in class, in library.
How: With books. The books can be from home, from school, from your friends or teacher, from a bookstore or library. The books can be in English or another language that you read. The books can be read out loud to you or as an audiobook or as an e-book.
Why: Because the best way to get better at reading is by READING. And readers need to read a wider variety of books – not just chapter books, but also nonfiction, biographies, folklore, poetry, and different genres. This year, my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will get to do Book BINGO.
- Choose a column to get started. This is the initial goal: to read a book for each square in the column.
- Read a book that matches one of the categories listed on the squares. When you’ve finished reading the book, cross off the square AND write the title on the back of the BINGO board.
- Repeat 1-2.
- When a column is finished, let the librarian know. She’ll likely stamp it with a snazzy library due-date stamp…and check in with you on what you’re reading.
- Start a new column and keep reading!
The commonly asked questions:
But are there rewards?: Yes. Rewards are for everyone who completes a column. Students will be called and recognized at the monthly school assembly. (Side note: public recognition in front of one’s peers is a powerful reward)
Can I get more than one reward?: Yes. Read all 6 columns, get recognized SIX times.
Are there blackout rewards?: Likely so. (But don’t ask what they are…I don’t know yet!)
Where are the BINGO cards to download?: HERE: book-bingo-pdf They’re PDF’s and can’t be edited. If you want the original Publisher file, leave a comment with your email.
This is FREE?: Yes. I created these templates and made them available for free. 🙂
Are you doing Book BINGO too, Ms. Arika?: Yes. I’ll be doing Book BINGO along with my students, posting my reads in the hallway of the school.
Why are there are 3 versions of the BINGO board?: One version is for each grade. The smallest board (with 24 squares) is for grade 2, then 30 squares for grade 3, and 36 squares for grade 4.
How long does Book BINGO last?: We are reading until June…so all year long.
How do you copy them?: Front to back. I did the front side first, then loaded the paper back into the copier and did the back side. This kept the margin alignment on point.
And, possibly the biggest question: Does one book count for only one square?: That’s right. One book per square. You can’t use Harry Potter for fantasy AND first in a series AND book over 200 pages AND book by a British author. One book, one square…and lots of reading.
I hope you find this useful for you and your students. Make it match your readers and your audience (like the British author while I’m a #librarianinlondon). Cheers, y’all! –arika