100 Book Challenge
The 100 book challenge encourages children to read more of the books they like, at their own pace, and at their independent reading level. Research suggests that the more books children read, the greater chance they have to succeed in school and beyond.
We hope you enjoy the program and ask your support by making sure your child returns the book he or she has chosen to read. If a book is lost and cannot be found, a replacement cost of $5.00 will be assessed. Checks should be made out to GVES HSA and given to the homeroom teacher.
With your help at home and encouragement, we will work to develop students who are life long readers.
100 Book Challenge
Frequently Asked Questions
· What is the philosophy of the 100 Book Challenge program?
o The philosophy of the 100 Book Challenge program is that children learn to read by reading. When given the time to read enjoyable books at their “just right” level, students become more proficient readers.
o The attached handout shows the correlation between reading and school success.
· What is “independent” reading level?
o In the 100 Book Challenge program, children read books that are at their independent reading level. This means that they are able to identify all of the words in the book and know what they mean. They should not have to stop reading to figure out an unknown word; they should understand both explicit and implied meaning without help from an adult.
o Most material at school is at a child’s instructional level. This means that with help from the teacher the children can identify most of the words and understand most of what they read. Click HERE for more information.
· How are 100 Book Challenge levels determined?
o Click HERE to see the 100 Book Challenge color levels, corresponding grade levels, descriptors, and sample book titles.
o Teachers conference with students to determine their independent levels. Students must demonstrate fluent reading without errors and comprehension of both literal and inferential questions. When they find the level that is the most “comfortable fir,” they set a goal to improve their reading performance.
o If a student is reading independently above grade level, s/he may self-select reading material outside the 100 Book Challenge bins at the teacher’s discretion.
· Is an individual student’s color level ever shared publicly?
o If teachers display their students’ 100 Book Challenge logs, students should not write their color level on the paper.
· Why is there a “drop” in level at the start of a new year?
o If students do not continue to read over the summer, their proficiency level will drop.
o If students do not read a variety of genres over the summer, they will not maintain proficiency in all types of reading material.
o Usually this drop is temporary!
· How can we improve the quality of reading material?
o We are open to your suggestions for new titles. Remember, once students’ independent level is above grade level, teachers can approve their self selected books. This means students may choose to read outside of the 100 Book Challenge book bins if desired. They can bring in books from home, from the classroom library, from the school or local library, from a bookstore, etc. The goal is that children are reading at their comfortable level and enjoying it.
· How can we help children move from filling in the lines to enjoying reading?
o At home other reading can “count” for 100 Book Challenge – magazines, newspapers, library books, etc. For fourth and fifth grades, working on KidBiz counts for 100 BC.
· Can all teachers receive paraprofessional support for reading and writing conferencing?
o Paraprofessional support is provided for the students with needs, not for the teachers.
· When will all the books in the library be leveled?
o All books have been leveled.
· Are class reading goals set too high? Are class reading goals consistent?
o Most children read 30 minutes a day at school. Students are required to read 30 minutes at home also.
· What are the teachers’ expectations for parents signing the 100 BC paper?
o When you observe your child doing his/her nightly reading, please sign the form. Parents are the child’s at-home reading coach.