Unbound

2018 Readathon

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Stay Tuned!!!

Winners will be posted soon!!!

Turn it in DAY!!!

Turn in your FINAL Tallies! Submit tally sheets here.



Click here to submit your book BINGO.

***Make sure that your BINGO card has your student's initials or you can put schoolname_student1.


The nomination form is for a student who was most inspired by the Unbound readathon to overcome a challenge. An example of a challenge could be a reluctance to read. I look forward to reading your submissions. We will recognize winners with a book prize!

Nomination Form: Most Inspired


Large School Award! Click here to submit yourself! We will send the winner t-shirts for their participating students.


Winner S'more will go out on Monday!

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Unbound Last Day!!!

Unbound Readers,


I hope you enjoy the last day of Unbound. Turn in those bookmark tallies tomorrow so your teachers can submit your minutes. We will post a winner's S'more that highlights all the amazing work you have done over this past month. I am so proud of all of you.


Read, Read, Read!

Congratulations!!!

We are proud to announce that our book reviews have been published. Click here to read the book reviews. If your student's book review was published we will reach out soon for prizes.


Only one day left...read, read, read! Final tallies are due this Thursday!

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New Readers!

The Unbound readathon contest is a first for so many of our students. I made a certificate to recognize students who have read their first book EVER as a part of Unbound. We are super proud of our new readers and would like to recognize all of their hard work. In addition, I am opening our Most Inspired form until this Thursday. The nomination form is for a student who was most inspired by the Unbound readathon to overcome a challenge. An example of a challenge could be a reluctance to read. I look forward to reading your submissions. We will recognize winners with a book prize!


First Book Certificate PDF


Nomination Form: Most Inspired

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Wilson Creek Students Celebrate Unbound!

Students from Wilson Creek visited The Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and gave a shoutout to Unbound on the interactive wall. Thanks!!!

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Week 4 Podcast Quiz Results!

Happy Friday!


Below is a video of the quiz results! Click here if you can't use Youtube.


Click here to read the Book Reviews as they are being published!


I hope you all have an awesome weekend! Only six days left...READ, READ, READ!

https://youtu.be/-7wyg9EqjiQ

Tally Thursday!!!

Howdy!


Only one week to go! Woot Woot!


Please submit your tallies for Week 3 today! Submit tally sheets here.


Don't forget to check the leaderboard!! Click here to view it.

***Can't see the leaderboard? Email me.


Last day to turn in those Book Reviews for Weekly Challenge Three.

Click here to submit a book review.



Weekly Challenge Four: Book BINGO!


Click here to submit your book BINGO.

***Make sure that your BINGO card has your student's initials or you can put schoolname_student1.


I will do a drawing next Thursday for the Book BINGO winners!

Week 4 Podcast

This week I had the amazing opportunity to interview Joaquín Zihuatanejo. We talked for a long time. I had to cut out a lot of amazing stories that he shared. If you are interested in listening to his entire interview, you can click below.


Click below to listen to the Week 3 podcast. Click here to download it.


Click here to submit answers to this week's podcast quiz.

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Unbound Podcast Week 4 by CEEAS

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Joaquín Zihuatanejo's Interview by CEEAS

Book Selfie WINNERS!!!!

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Book Selfies!

Wow! I just finished reading, editing, and posting the 67 book selfies. This year's students continue to amaze me. We even have a teacher who made one! Thank you all for sharing a bit about yourself. I will announce the four student selfies that will win a book of their choice later today. Thank you for your patience!! I hope you will all find a way to enjoy these incredible book selfies. If you like a book selfie, click the heart and give it some love. See example below.


Click here to view them on our new Unbound Book Selfie page.


**Can't access the website? Click here to download the folder.

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Week 3 Quiz Results

Happy Friday!


Below is a video of the quiz results! Click here if you can't use Youtube.


I will try to pick some book selfie winners and post the results on Monday!


I hope you all have an awesome weekend! I know many of you are out of school on Monday...what a great excuse to read ALL day! :)

https://youtu.be/pg_WuZEY9BA
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Tally Thursday!

Good Morning,


A shoutout to all of you! We are half-way through Unbound and I really appreciate all that you have done for your students. The book pictures, the bulletin boards, the book selfies, the podcast quizzes, those annoying tally sheets! Thank you!


Please submit your tallies for Week 2 today! Submit tally sheets here.


Don't forget to check the leaderboard!! Click here to view it.

***Can't see the leaderboard? Email me.


Last day to turn in those Book Selfies for Weekly Challenge Two. I am sharing one below that I really enjoyed yesterday!

Click here to submit a book selfie. Only book selfies will be shared. We will not identify the school or students.



Weekly Challenge Three: Book Reviews!


Submit a book review! Did your student just finish the best book ever? Do they want other people to read a particular book? Is there a book they want to warn people not to read? Students can share their opinions about a particular book by writing a book review (using our template) and it may be chosen to appear on our book review website and featured in our weekly podcast. Students whose review is published on the website will also win a free book of their choice-- they'll be able to choose from several options! We can't wait to read what your students have to say!

**Please note that only one book review may be submitted per student.



  • Click here to download the book review template. ***Some schools block online downloads...if that is the case for you just send me an email and I will send the template in email.
  • Click here to submit your book reviews.
  • Click here to visit the book review page.



Lastly, I have had a few questions about the book Bingo. Keep filling them out. The last week you can submit a picture of book bingo cards. We will draw a winner for one row, two rows, three rows and a whole card! I hope that helps in encouraging your students to participate.


If you are interested in submitting a shoutout for next week's podcast, you can click here.

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Unbound Updates!

Lots of cool things to share this week...so settle in for some serious updates! Keep scrolling...this is a long post! I am LOVING these book selfies...keep 'em coming! I will accept them until the end of the day Thursday.


Click here to visit our website where you can download the Book Selfie Template.


Click here to submit a book selfie. Only book selfies will be shared. We will not identify the school or students.

Week 3 Podcast

Click below to listen to the Week 3 podcast. Click here to download it.


Click here to submit answers to this week's podcast quiz.


Below are the picture and poem that we talk about in this week's interview with poet Josh Lefkowitz.


Click here to watch the readings on video.

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Unbound Week 3 Podcast by CEEAS
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Book Winners!!!

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Amazing Opportunity!!!

Later this month, The Atlantic will publish a special edition of its magazine to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s’ assassination. The issue is a mix of original and archival material—both from The Atlantic's archives and the King Family archives. Undoubtedly, it will serve as an incredible learning tool in the classroom, and we would like to help get this magazine into the hands of as many kids as possible. Emerson Collective would like to help us get this into your classrooms. If you are a part of Unbound, I am sending you a class set unless you email me today that you are not interested.
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Bulletin Board WINNERS!

Congratulations! Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and TC, Wilson Creek, and Trask River High School all tied for first place! We will be sending you some awesome prizes in the mail.


Thank you to all of our 23 schools who took the time to create amazing bulletin boards for Unbound. We truly enjoyed spending two hours reviewing each and every detail that you shared with us. I am putting together a creative display of all of your work and will share it over the weekend.

Children's Books is in the LEAD!!!!

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Happy Friday!

LEADERBOARD IS LIVE!! Click here to view it.


Quick Note: I have manually check each spreadsheet and most of you earned MORE points. I will continue to do that each week so just make sure that you enter in the minutes but don't worry if the average seems off.


Below is our Podcast Quiz Winner Video. Can't watch it on Youtube, click here.


Stay Tuned **We will be announcing our bulletin board winners and prizes later today!


Last call for book mascots! Each team will have their book mascot cover next to their team name on the leaderboard.

Click here to submit a book mascot.

First team to get them all in WINS a prize!

Here are some resources that can help you pick:

Children's Books: http://time.com/100-best-childrens-books/

Science Fiction: https://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books Thrillers: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/04/npr-picks-the-top-100-thr_n_670532.html

Graphic Novels/Comics: https://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/533862948/lets-get-graphic-100-favorite-comics-and-graphic-novels

Biographies Team: https://www.amazon.com/b?node=11021806011


***Below you will find the current list that schools have already selected.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru7t8CSFl7A&feature=youtu.be

Week Two Challenge: Book Selfies

Howdy!


Share your book selfie with us this week! We want to get to know our readers. Take a picture that allows the first book you are reading to cover your face and answer our book selfie questions. Book selfies will be shared so we can get to know our readers. Selected selfies will win prizes. Templates of book selfies have been uploaded to our website. There are two formats depending on the type of software you use on your computer.


Click here to visit our website where you can download the Book Selfie Template.


Click here to submit a book selfie. Only book selfies will be shared. We will not identify the school or students.

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Keep Reading...

Good Afternoon!


There are lots of updates as we wrap up our first week of Unbound.



  • I know everyone is anxious to turn in those tallies...you still have one night of reading. Tally sheets are due each Thursday. Please submit tally sheets here. Please do not send them via email so that I can keep them all organized.
  • Friday we will launch our leaderboard. This leaderboard will be constantly updating for the next month as you turn in your tally sheets.
  • Podcast two is ready! You can play it below. If you cannot play a Soundcloud link, click here to download it.
  • Please submit your podcast answers here.
  • If you are interested in submitting a shoutout for next week's podcast, you can click here.
  • Thursday is the last day for bulletin board submissions. Please email me your picture to enter.
  • Our week two challenge is a book selfie. I will share the template with you tomorrow.
  • Lastly, an awesome ed-tech company called Flipgrid gave us a free account and ton of swag for Unbound. They helped me build a grid where the community can leave recorded readings from books in your bundle and beyond. We hope that you will pull these up on your teacher computer and play some for your students. They will grow over the month so keep checking back. At this time, I would not recommend the students accessing this grid on their own, this is a teacher tool. We left this grid open to the public so that a large community can share their voice in your classrooms. That being said...this grid is moderated so if I see any suspicious posts they will not go live. Click this link to visit and share it with your tech folks if you need to get it unblocked. https://flipgrid.com/523836

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Unbound Week 2 Podcast by CEEAS

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.


Please email me your book photos by end of the day Tuesday. We will announce the winner next Wednesday!


I am loving the bulletin board photos- there is some fierce competition out there! Please get those emailed to me by the end of the day Thursday.


Thank you all so much!

Unbound Quiz Results!

Happy Friday!


Below is a video of the quiz results!


I am loving your photos! Keep them coming...


A few teachers have asked about photo and bulletin board deadlines. Please email me your book photos by the end of the day Tuesday and email bulletin board photos by Thursday.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

https://youtu.be/OypMVlESLQI
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All Packages Have Been Delivered!!!

Scholastic just called to say that ALL packages have been delivered!


Don't forget to email me a picture of your school receiving the books. Be creative! Winning schools will be featured!!!

One day to go...

Book Update


I just got off the phone with Scholastic and she guaranteed that the books would arrive today! She is waiting on the tracking information and will forward it to me as soon as she gets it.


Unbound Podcast


The first podcast is ready! You can click below to listen to it on Soundcloud or click here to download it.


Click here to answer the quiz questions in the podcast. I will do a drawing for prizes Friday morning and post the drawing video and results on the S'more.


We will start Shoutouts in the next podcast. A shoutout is a message that I will read about a student that you want to give a shoutout too. Click here to send a shoutout.

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Unbound 2018 Week One Podcast by CEEAS

Only a few more days...

Here are some updates and reminders before we launch:



  • Books are on their way...I know this is always a nail-biting time of anticipation! Please remember that you can read any books, magazines, newspapers, comics/graphic novels, as a part of Unbound. The bundle of books just helps you build a library and excitement around the competition.
  • When you get your books...take pictures and submit one to our contest! I just got this big box of swag donations that I would love to share with some lucky winners!
  • The first-week challenge will be a bulletin board contest, don't have a bulletin board? Get creative! Decorate a door, wall, whatever! Try to weave your team genre and mascot into your board design.
  • Launch day is Thursday! I will have a podcast ready for you to kick the day off! The best part about launch day is that it is also Read Aloud Day! We will have some fun stuff for you to share.


Don't hesitate to reach out in case you have any questions!

Books, Books, Books!!!

I got a call from Scholastic with some good news and bad news. The bad news is that the books have not shipped, yet. Some of the titles from last year were out of stock. The good news is that they have found some wonderful new books to add to the bundle. They have guaranteed that bundles will arrive by Jan 31! Please also note that students can read any books as a part of Unbound.

Teacher Videos

Howdy!


It is time for us to start getting ready for Unbound. I have updated the teacher resources on the website and made some video guides to walk you through the readathon. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Click here to visit our website.

Click here to watch a video tour of the website and resources.


Click here to watch a video on the Unbound Weekly Tally Sheet and Submission Form.


Click here to download all the videos.

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https://youtu.be/pzz0_kN5CMU
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January 18

Howdy!


Welcome to this year's Unbound S'more. I am working on updating Unbound and should have everything ready by the beginning of next week.


The books are shipping RIGHT NOW!


Tomorrow at 10 am (CST), I will email you all a link to our team selection video. I will be drawing schools and they will be sorted into one of four teams. This year our teams will be book genres. Once your team is picked you can select a book mascot for your school. Click here to submit your book mascot.


S'mores now allows me to upload and share files. I will start moving some of our resources over to the S'more page so that they are handy!


Don't forget to email me a picture of your school receiving the books. Be creative! Winning schools will be featured!!!


Coming Soon:

*Unbound FAQs

*Unbound 2018 Teacher Video

*Information about new weekly activities

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Prizes!


  • 1st Place Prize: (one school from each team)


A bundle of books from Scholastic.


  • 1st Place Team Prize:


Certificates


  • Largest School Prize: (the school with the most participants)


Unbound T-shirts


  • Weekly Podcast Quiz Prizes: (prize will be drawn with the winning school)


Board Games/Book Movie Party/Books Series/Pizza Party/Etc.


  • Book Reviews Publisher Award: (all book reviews published on the blog)


Students will pick 1 book out of 4 selections.


  • Weekly Prize Winners (Week1, 2, 4)


Misc. Prizes


  • Outstanding Unbound Teacher Award:


The teacher will receive a Kindle.


  • Student Improvement Award:


We will pick a handful of students from your nominations to win the improvement award and they will pick 1 book out of 4 selections.