Reading Olympics -- The Projects

My students had some of their Reading Olympics projects due today (just one of 20 different days they are due), and I thought I would share them with you.  They have been working hard, reading books and creating projects, and I thought they deserved some recognition in the blogging world.

Project 1 -- Circle Map from the point of view of various characters (each part of the circle map represents a different character in the story, as well as one section for their own perception of the story)

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Project 2 -- Comprehension strategy poster (all 6 strategies are represented to show their understanding of the story that was read)
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Project 3 -- ABC Book about important details in the story
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Project 4 -- Bubble Maps (with evidence) describing various characters in the book

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Project 5 -- Mobile with different Thinking Maps, all related in some way to the book that was read
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The kids have been so good with showing their evidence and producing projects that really show their understanding of the plot, characters, setting, etc...  I am so proud of them!  I promise I will come back with an explanation of the entire Reading Olympics, as well as a pdf of ALL 20 projects.  But for now... I just wanted to show off my kiddos' work.  :)


  1. Oooo...these are fantastic projects! I really love the point of view circle map and the comprehension strategy poster! Very, very impressive! Thanks for always being so inspiring Stephanie!

  2. Love the point of view circle map! What a great idea! They have done some fabulous work here! You should be very proud! :)

  3. Wow! What terrific work! I'm VERY intrigued by your reading Olympics and can't wait to see what you do. I am testing out your reading logs this week and several of my "never-turn-in-my-work-ers" said "I like these WAY better. They're way more fun than those (dumb) old ones." yes. They said dumb. So glad they're making some meaningful connections though!

  4. Stephanie -- I am so glad your kids are at least liking the reading log better than the "dumb" old ones! I hope they work for you :) And I promise I am going to post about the ins and outs of Reading Olympics...just not today...way too tired!

    Kristen -- you are one to talk! YOU are the inspiration with all your ability to make things the way you do! Awesome!!

  5. Stephanie~this is how I want to teach reading! You obviously get your kids to really read and respond to their reading through your Reading Olympics. I can't wait to hear more! Also, I'm trying out your "reading logs" next month. Sooo much better than mine!


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  6. I am so excited that I found your blog! I am a fellow 5th grade teacher and it seems like upper grades are few and far between in blog land. I'm your newest follower!

  7. Oooooo, this looks fantastic. I can't wait for you to share the pdf and other info about this project! :)

  8. Stephanie, this looks fantastic. Have your shared the pdf and other information about this project? Sarah

  9. The parent letter is not in the e-mail post I just received. Is there a way I can get this? I had my 6th graders trying the 40 book challenge last year, but only two (a brother and a sister) completed it. However, I did have students who read from several genres out of their comfort zone, because the challenge (from Donalyn Miller) was in place. Thanks! ~Mo

  10. This was a great idea can't wait for the pdf file

  11. Where can I find the pdf file? Did you ever post the other 15 activities. I am thinking about doing this in my classroom this year to break up AR testing.


  12. Please! I would pay for a sample of this brochure! I really want to make the students' reading at home MATTER! This is a great way to make it happen.

  13. These are great! Can't wait to see the rest!

  14. Awesome project! I would love to use for second semester, do you have the pdf file with the 20 project choices? Thanks!


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