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Are You Catching Your Students Reading?

When is the last time you caught your students reading for fun?

I ask the question for a good reason…it’s Get Caught Reading Month!

Girl Reading <br \> by  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. But what about nestling in with a computer?

Well, there’s lots of ways to Get Caught Reading with SIRS Discoverer. You might want to share some of the below ideas with your students–they are great ways to catch them reading. They can acquire great information and research skills, too.

If they love animals, they should visit our Animal Facts. Each Animal Fact presents lots of information on a specific amphibian, arachnid, bird, fish, insect, invertebrate, mammal, or reptile. Students will learn how these animals behave, what they look like, what they eat, where they live, if they are endangered, and more. There are more than 120 animals from which to choose, and new Animal Facts are added each week. They’re easy to use, easy to read, and easy to use as research material. Maybe you could ask your class to answer a question about three different animals to get them started: How big is the largest tarantula? (Answer: 11 inches.) How long can beavers stay under water? (Answer: 15 minutes.) How do komodo dragons kill their prey? (Answer: deadly bacteria in their mouths.)

Are you talking about controversial topics in your classroom? Your students may be interested in reading about issues that affect kids, like bullying, homework, or school uniforms. Or they can delve into issues that affect our world, like endangered species, global warming, or pollution. Click on Leading Issues for a list of more than 40 important topics. Each Leading Issue includes an overview, terms to know, an essential question, and viewpoints. Students can find out when the term “junk food” was created, what “curfew laws” are, facts about the cursive-writing debate, and more. Perhaps their research and reading about controversial topics will even spawn some classroom debates!

Sometimes reading can lead to…art projects? Yes! And quizzes, jokes, science projects, and a little magic, too.  Activities or Science Fair Explorer will capture students’ attention and motivate them to put what they read into action. Jokes and riddles abound…and promise to make for a hilarious cafeteria lunchtime. Students can take quizzes on flamingos or inventions, learn how to make baseball gloves out of milk jugs, discover magic tricks using math, find science experiments to do in bathroom, and much more. Cool!

I bet your students wouldn’t think to go to SIRS Discoverer for fiction…but they can! The database feature Fiction offers hundreds of stories organized by topic, including tales about animals, holidays, school, and sports;  diary entries; historical fiction; mysteries; poetry; plays; and science fiction. More than 150 myths and legends, including folktales and fairy tales from all around the world. Students may be inspired to write their own fiction after reading stories written by kids.

Do your students have research projects? Well, there is an online library of nonfiction books available on SIRS Discoverer to help them. Nonfiction Books offers online books on topics such as history, sports, technology, and more. Titles include Crime Scene Investigator, Confronting History, Anne Frank, Hurricanes, and What Is It Made Of?. The books are presented in their complete form, including covers and photos.

It’s always fantastic to catch your students reading…whether they be with a book, magazine, desktop, laptop, or handheld device, they are feeding themselves with knowledge and fun. SIRS Discoverer celebrates Get Caught Reading Month with this month’s Spotlight of the Month. We highlight content from our informative Database Features. Send your students there this month…and check it out yourself and get caught reading!

 

It’s a Great Month to Get Caught Reading!

First lady Michelle Obama reads "The Cat in the Hat" to children at Prager Child Development Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 12, 2009. The first lady spoke with soldiers and family members as part of her initiative to care for military families. <br \> U.S. Army photo by Reginald Rogers, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

First lady Michelle Obama reads “The Cat in the Hat” to children at Prager Child Development Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 12, 2009. The first lady spoke with soldiers and family members as part of her initiative to care for military families.
U.S. Army photo by Reginald Rogers, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Psssst. Hey, watch out…look over your shoulder…hide! Someone might catch you reading this!

Well, May is Get Caught Reading Month!

In 1999, the first Get Caught Reading campaign was celebrated in the United States. The goal of this annual celebration remains the same: to encourage recreational reading and emphasize the joys of reading for fun. There are so many reasons to love literature…books can take you to faraway places, imaginary worlds, or connect you more strongly with your own emotions. Reading a biography can introduce you to someone new and fascinating; a book of poetry can open your mind to a unique way of viewing the world. And did you know that there is more than one way to read a book? Learn about audiobooks and the impact they’ve had on the nation’s reading habits. And be sure to try SIRS Researcher’s “Read Out Loud” feature! Open an article, make sure the “Read Out Loud” toggle is on, and click on “Audio MP3.” Not only is it fun to read, but it’s fun to be read to!

Join SIRS Knowledge Source during the month of May and Get Caught Reading!