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1) Sign up your students. You will need to assign each student or member a “USERNAME” and a “PASSWORD” (make sure you write these down so you can write them on the Letter for parents to send home).
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2) You will also need to select a level of difficulty for each student. By default, they are all set at the “standard” level (for every minute read, you advance 8 kilometres). If you have a very gifted, motivated reader, you can slow the student down so that he/she does not finish their adventure faster than what you were expecting; therefore, you can assign that student to the “advanced” level (for every minute read, you advance 4 kilometres). Also, if you have a student who has trouble reading or is unmotivated to read, you can speed up that student so he/she can keep up with the rest of the class; therefore, you can assign that student to the “beginner” level (for every minute read, you advance 12 kilometres).
3) Start writing in your class blog. You can assign reading homework, comprehension questions (i.e. February 5th, 2019: Dear class, please read chapter 4 of your novel this week. Also, answer the following questions within your log entries: 1) What is the message/lesson of this chapter? 2) How do you think the story might end? Why do you think that? 3) Could the characters exist in real life?, etc.) or even just simply send them encouragement messages. Your students have access to your class blog upon signing in to their account.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROGRAM TAKE?
Well that depends on the grade, the amount of minutes read a day and the level of difficulty. Put it this way…
→ If a child reads 20 minutes of reading per day x 180 days of school instruction = 3,600 minutes which is equivalent to 60 hours of reading.
→ There are 730 hours in one month (24 hour period).
→ There are 43,800 minutes in one month.
→ There are approximately 120 hours of school instruction in one month (that’s 7,200 minutes in one month).
Now, see below…
Advanced level: 1 minute read = 4 kilometres… it would take the student 3,029 minutes to complete the journey (therefore, approximately 151 days of reading).
Standard level: 1 minute read = 8 kilometres… it would take the student 1,514 minutes to complete the journey (therefore, approximately 76 days of reading).
Beginner level: 1 minute read = 12 kilometres… it would take the student 1,010 minutes to complete the journey (therefore, approximately 51 days of reading).
N.B. My calculations were based on 20 minutes of reading a day and just to give you a general idea of what to assign different students. Let’s be honest, teachers do not assign reading every single night for every single school day. i.e. A child who will read for more than 20 minutes at a time, well that child can do the standard level or the advanced level. A child that is less motivated or has difficulty reading and 20 minutes is the max, well that child can do the beginner level. Keep in mind, you can change the level of difficulty throughout the year, as you wish. Another factor to think about is how long you want the program to last… assign everyone to beginner for a shorter program or assign everyone to the advanced level for a longer school year program.
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