Lamplighter Program Creative Ideas
Sharon Armke, Secondary Librarian at Brentwood Christian School, 2001-2002, implemented the following ideas to encourage participation in the Lamplighter Program. Click on any photo to see a larger version.
We use the Accelerated Reader software to keep track of the books students have read. This adds no more teacher paperwork, and the students enjoy taking tests on any of the six computers in the library.
Knowing human nature, that the Junior High students might not care which book won the Lamplighter Award, we also advertised the awards the students could earn for themselves by reading these books!
An attractive hall display contained the following information:
2. Introducing the Program to Students
B. We told them we would take a "Quiz"
to see if they were listening. This quiz was for fun, but the students
weren't told if it would count for a grade or not! It helped them focus
and generated a lot of interest and scrutiny of the wall
display in the library!
C. Goals: At the bottom of this "Quiz", we listed the Award levels they could earn for themselves and asked them to set a goal. We found that several readers put down higher goals than we had listed on the form!
E. Candy and Fame: We held up the big clear plastic jug with individually wrapped candy. Everytime they take an AR quiz and pass it, they earn candy! When they earn any of the awards for reading two books, five books, or ten books, their name is added to the Lamplighter Wall of Fame.
For 7th graders earning the party award:
3. The Voting Party
Students who have qualified came at the appointed time for canned soda and doughnuts. They voted for their favorite book, ate, and visited with each other for about 20 minutes.
4. Winners: Books and Students
Names of the winning books were posted immediately! Students were very interested to see if their favorite book won.
Also, the names of students earning any Lamplighter Award for themselves were called out in a school assembly. They came to the front of the assembled student body to receive their certificates and/or medals for reading ten Lamplighters.
A sixth grade teacher said her students were really pumped up to read the Lamplighter books next year in seventh grade, after seeing the award the 7th and 8th graders had earned for themselves at that assembly!
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