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How to Turn in a Project
This short video shows you how to turn in an electronic project. Physical projects get turned in to the Media center.

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Introduction

 

What are the goals of the game?  

Our goals are to get our students REALLY interested in reading and help them develop a love of reading.  We are also trying to support self-selected, independent reading that involves a deeper level of thinking.  Also, we just want to have FUN!

What are the houses/colors, and who are their leaders/personas? 

Bali – purple – Suzette Powell - Motto: "Read, Lead, Succeed!" (said in Bengali & English) 

Sumatran – red – Amy Chandler - Motto: "Books are portable magic!" 

Bengal – green – Linda Kester - Motto: "The world belongs to those who read!" 

Siberian – blue Mel Mintern - Motto: "Reading:  It takes you Places" 

Saber Tooth – Orange – Moiya Nsele- Motto: "Sabertooth's pay ATTENTION to reading" 

Caspian  yellow - Michelle Boisseau - Motto:  "Sail on a sea of books!" 

Mage of Media – Ms. Kuniansky (neutral) 

How is the game played? 

Students earn points for each book that they have read and passed the AR quiz.  Students may also earn points for every book project they complete.  Book projects can be done by individuals or groups, but points are awarded to the project, not the persons in the group.  Montessori students of different grade levels cannot work together on a project. 

How are points earned? 

Students earn one point for each book that they read then pass an AR quiz.   We chose one point per book, instead of the number of points each book is worth, to even the field.  Students may earn 5 points for every book project they complete.  Group members must all be from the same grade level.  Points are awarded twice a month although projects can be turned in at any time.   

When and how will points be awarded? 

There will be an assembly at 7:30 am on specified Friday mornings to award points and announce winners.  Students will meet in the cafeteria to see the points awarded and be encouraged to read more books in the coming week. 

When does the game begin/end?   

The Mage of Media starts the Tournament and announces the length, usually monthly.   

What are the ways that there is competition? 

Students earn points by reading books, but also by completing challenges.  There are two types of challenges: those issued by the Mage of Media and those issued by personas/classes.

Challenges issued by the Mage of Media are open to all Tiger Houses and earn the points she sets.  An example of a Mage issued challenge might be "read non-fiction books for 2 points."  These types of challenges are issued at random times when the Mage wants to "liven things up a bit."  

The second type of challenge involves the Challenge Banner.  We are not ready to roll this out yet, but stay tuned for more details!

Do students have to participate?

Participation is voluntary.  Our success depends on enthusiasm and encouragement from peers and teachers. 

What is the teacher’s role? 

Continue to support best reading practices in your classroom. 

Give students time to read silently and take AR quizzes. 

Talk about books and projects with your students. 

               Assign book projects to your students.

Encourage students to participate in the game. 

What is in it for the winners? 

The winning tiger house will receive movie and popcorn or other prizes as determined by the Mage of Media. 

Introduction to Projects
This video is a short introduction to the projects.

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Projects
Below are the rubrics for each type of project and a good example.  We will add/change examples as they are received.
 
Book Trailer 
 
 
Kindergarten Book Trailer
K students made a book trailer from a wordless picture book.

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Illustrated Dictionary
Expressive Reading
 
 
Expressive Reading Exemplar
Ms. Powell reads an excerpt.

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Expressive Reading Exemplar
Students from second grade present Over in the Meadow by Olive Wadsworth

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Comic Strip Rubric and Example
 
This is one example of a comic strip . 
 
 
School Project Rubric and Examples
 
There are many different kinds of school projects that will work.  These are just a few examples.  Use the definition and rubric with your project to see if it can be submitted. 
 
Links to Submit Projects
Only electronic projects need to be submitted here.  Physical projects must be turned in to the Mage's box in the Media Center.  Before submitting, please follow the directions for project submission on the LEFT.  For help on submitting documents, please see Ms. Powell or Ms. Kuniansky.  Click on the button below to submit a project.
 
 
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