Read Aloud Davis
On the heels of “Read Across America” Week, Davis Elementary began its first ever RAD Campaign recently. Read Aloud Davis (RAD), involves every classroom teacher reading aloud to students for 15-20 minutes daily. Kindergarten through second grade teachers are reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary to their classes, while third through fifth grade teachers are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl to their students. Every Tuesday and Thursday, students are given a trivia question about the books. Children then have the opportunity to enter their answers into a drawing for a prize. The prize is a book a child can choose to take home and enjoy. One second grade winner commented, “I was really excited when they (the students) told me my name was called! I felt lucky! I chose the Frog and Toad book because it was the only one there I really liked.”
The purpose of RAD is to:
Cultivate a school culture of enthusiasm about literacy;
To model expressive reading and to develop stronger vocabularies among students;
To give children the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of reading.
Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Callie Taylor said, “Today after reading, the kids sighed because the chapter left us hanging. The students are excited to hear the story and they are listening in because they want to get the trivia question right.” The RAD Campaign will continue through the month of April.