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Million Word Challenge: Schluter Elementary

 

Dear Parent,

 

Our goal at Schluter Elementary is to create a culture of literacy. Research shows that students should read about one million words (25-30 chapter books) a year to develop sufficient vocabulary and continually improve their reading proficiency. We have outlined below what “25-30 chapter books (approximately 200 pages)” equates to for each grade level. The number of books is different for each grade due to the differences in length of an average book for a particular grade.

Every student at Schluter Elementary is challenged to read one million words during the school year.  There will be a Million Word Kick-off in September to build excitement and motivation for each student to accomplish this task.  For each student who reaches this goal, there will be a celebration at the end of the school year.  We encourage parents to participate with their children by keeping track of the books you read together at home.  Together, we can read one million words!

 

 

 

Keeping Track of One Million Words – Grade Level Expectations

 

Kindergarten

The goal is for each kindergarten student to read 120 different books to equal about one million words.  When your child reads a book at home, please help them record it on the reading log.  The 120 books will come from a combination of books read at school and home.  The teacher will help each student keep track of the books they read at school as  parents help students keep track of the books read at home.

 

First Grade

The goal is for each first grade student to read 100 different book titles to equal about one million words.  When your child reads a book at home, please help them record it on the reading log.  The 100 books will come from a combination of books read at school and home.  The teacher will help each student keep track of the books they read at school as parents help students keep track of the books read at home.

 

Second Grade

The goal is for each second grade student to read 100 books to equal about one million words.  This equals to about one to two picture books or chapters from a chapter book every day.  When your child reads a book at home, please help them record it on the reading log.  The 100 books will come from a combination of books read at school and home.  The teacher will help each student keep track of the books they read at school as parents help students keep track of the books read at home.

 

2 short picture books = 1 book                          1 chapter book = 2 books

 

 

Third Grade

The goal is for each third grader to read 30 chapter books to equal about one million words.  When your child reads a book at home, please help them record it on the reading log.  The 30 chapter books will come from a combination of books read at school and home.  The teacher will help each student keep track of the books they read at school as parents help students keep track of the books read at home.

 

The following will equal ONE 3rd grade chapter book:

3 picture books

3 nonfiction books

3 magazines

 

 

Fourth and Fifth Grades

The goal is for each fourth and fifth grader to read 25 chapter books to equal about one million words.  When your child reads a book at home, please help them record it on the reading log.  The 25 chapter books will come from a combination of books read at school and home.  The teacher will help each student keep track of the books they read at school as parents help students keep track of the books read at home.

 

 

The following will equal ONE 4th or 5th grade chapter book:

4 picture books

4 nonfiction books

4 magazines

 

 

Thank you for helping your child strive for the GOAL of reading one million words!