Weekly Reading Themes to Keep
You Going and Going
Use the following ideas to expand reading to include fun, research and adventure.
Watch: See a movie based on a book you have
recently read and discuss the differences.
Music: Read about the birth of jazz and listen to jazz music.
Zzzzzz: Keep a dream journal and research themes to decode them.
Help!: Learn to tie knots using a book to guide you.
Cookin': Read and use a recipe. Make food and fun- also try making homemade play-dough, bubbles, oobleck, ect.
Travel: Read about another state and send off for brochures and information via the internet.
Food: Research and list the calorie and vitamin
content of your meals for a week. For
more fun, try to find the country of origin for each food.
Social Studies: Read about a community helper and then go see them in action.
Poetry: Learn to love haiku
Money: Think of something you need and research for the best deal you can find using the newspaper.
Elsewhere: Read about a typical school day in another country. Learn some words in their language and draw a picture of their flag.
Elsewhere: Where are Iceland and Greenland and how are they different?
Art: Read about an artist and copy their work/style.
Seasons: Read seasonal
poetry and act out some of it.
Mmmm: Research cider and have a sip.
Money: Read about how money is made, how long a bill lasts and what counterfeiting is.
Legends: Read an old favorite and find a new one.
Birds: Bird watch, using books and sound, list all the birds you see and hear then graph them.
Signs: Read about sign language and learn your name and other words.
Elsewhere: Learn about Alaska or Hawaii
Food: Research and make popcorn
Fun: Read about Rube Goldburg and make a Rube Goldburg Machine.
Hmmm: Do identical twins have the same fingerprints?
Backyard: Read about ants.
Ka-boom: Read about volcanoes and make a diagram of one.
Zodiac: Research your family's zodiac signs and Chinese signs.
1,2,3: Learn to count to 20 in another language.
Winter Blues: Read about the beach, dress in beach clothes and eat ice cream.
New: Read about how another country celebrates an upcoming holiday and incorporate one of their traditions into your celebration.
You can't get there from here: Learn to read a map.
Design: Research and design a store or museum using features you like.
Think: What is your favorite thing to do? Read more about it.
Money: Make a grocery list, estimate the cost and then keep track on a trip to see how close you were.
Milk: Who was Louis Pasteur? Visit a local dairy or milk plant.
Obstacles: Read about challenges and problems that have been overcome.
Explore: Read about a local discovery and go see it.
Blooms: Read about the narcissus or of the flower of legend. Go find the real thing.
Slither: Read about a snake in an encyclopedia, a fiction book, and a guide book. Draw the snake when you visit it at the zoo or pet store. Discuss why snakes have a bad reputation.
More info: Look up the origins of the days of the week/months of the year/planets.
Race: Read about the Tour de France and the Iditarod. Plot the course on a map.
Family: Make a family tree, read about where you came from and record a family story in pictures, sound, video or write it out.
Up Close: Play with a microscope and read about its invention.
Food: Read about an edible wild food in your area. Can you find any? (ack-don't eat it unless your mama says it is okay!)
Sounds Like...: Play with automadapia
Food: How is soup made?
Owner's Manual: learn to change the oil in the car and how to change a tire
Flying High: Read about kites and follow directions to make your own.
Celebrity: Read about your favorite actor/athlete.
Snapshot: How do cameras work?
Birthstones: What is yours?
WHO?: Read about:
Lewis and Clark
Vincent Van Gogh
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr.Joel Roberts Poinset
Charles M Schultz
Gustave Alexande Eiffel
Duke of Windsor
Francis Scott Key
Anton van Leevwenhoek
WHAT? Read about:
The Great Chicago Fire
National Library System
nickelodeon (not the channel!)
Pied Piper of Hamlin
Spirit of St. Louis
rivers in your state
Cinco de Mayo
seeing eye dog