GCISD READS 2017 Level Up!

@ O. C. Taylor Elementary

Welcome

Hello O. C. Taylor families!

This year our Tigers have the opportunity to use an app that was designed specifically for them to record their GCISD READS progress! This web-based app (available at Tookadoo.com) will automatically enter the number of pages in their book and then calculate the total pages and number of books your child has read. Students will be able to design an avatar and earn items as they achieve their reading goals.

The app is still in the beta stage, so it is highly recommended that students keep a list of the books they read throughout the year. I have added a form to the library homepage if you prefer an “official” paper document.

Get ready to Level Up Tigers!

Every year students in GCISD participate is a reading challenge. Last year our students took the challenge and they showed it who's the boss! Now it's time to level up!


Get ready for the 2017 GCISD READS Book Challenge!

What's different this year?

We are all about giving students a choice in what they read, and now they can also choose the challenge (or challenges) that are right for them too!

Challenge 1 -Book Count Challenge

Read 25 books. That's it plain and simple. Books must be a minimum of 100 pages each. I know- that's too easy for our Tigers! So let's LEVEL UP!

Challenge Level 2 -Page Count Challenge

Come on now- you KNOW you can do this!


  • Read 1,500 pages if you are in Kindergarten-2nd grade.
  • Read 2,500 pages if you are in 3rd-5th Grade.


Too easy? Well maybe you want to add Level 3...

Challenge Level 3 -Genre Challenge

Level 3 is not for the faint of heart, but we all know you CAN do it!


  • 3 Biographies/autobiographies
  • 3 Nonfiction (any topic/any form)
  • 3 Fantasy Fiction
  • 3 Mystery Fiction
  • 3 Historical Fiction
  • 3 Realistic Fiction
  • 3 Science Fiction
  • 4 Free Choice- don't forget poetry!

Challenge 4- Read the Texas Bluebonnets

Every year students in grades 3-6 are challenged to read at least 5 books from the current list of 20 Texas Bluebonnet books. In January they can vote for their favorite one! Here is a link to the current nominees: Texas Bluebonnet Award http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees


Some students enjoy reading all of the previous winners. Click here for a list.

Challenge 5 :::::::::Read Around the World::::::: (O. C. Taylor Partner Challenge)

This challenge is for our Tigers who want to learn about different cultures around the world. Find a friend and do this challenge together. Complete one of the District challenges before doing this one.


  • Read 1 nonfiction book about each of the 7 continents (7 books total)



:::Australia, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica:::

Where do you start?

Start with any of the first 3 challenges and just start reading. After you complete Level 1, 2, or 3 you can go on to any of the other challenges - in whatever order you would like! Have fun and see how many levels you can accomplish in one school-year. You might just surprise yourself!

Where can you find book lists?

1. Scholastic has a tool to help you help your child find great books! Check it out here: http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/


2. Award winners-



3. Reading Rocket has amazing theme-based book lists here: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/booksbytheme

Where can I find FREE books?

Our library catalog can be accessed here: http://destiny.gcisd.net or use the Follett Destiny Discover app. If you would like to suggest a book, stop by the learning commons/library, and add it to our Wish List.


Colleyville http://www.colleyvillelibrary.com/ and Grapevine http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/ public libraries both have a great line up of summer activities and excellent collections of books for the whole family in all formats (print, audiobooks, e-books, etc.).


The North Richland Hills Public Library http://www.library.nrhtx.com/ offers FREE library cards to non-residents, and even has 3D printers available in their Maker Spot http://www.themakerspot.org/ .


EPIC for Kids https://www.getepic.com/ is an e-book collection that is free to all O. C. Taylor students during the school day. I mention it here because it is so popular among our students that you might want to consider purchasing a subscription for your child to use outside of school. It is a very affordable option for ebooks and includes features that students find very motivating!


For access to over 7,000 audiobooks try Tales2Go https://www.tales2go.com/ (firstname.lastname/listen)


Students also have 24/7 access to our MackinVia https://www.mackinvia.com/ (ebooks, Databases, and educational websites) year round.