Pizza Hut offers a reading incentive program called Book It for students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. You set a monthly reading goal for your student and once they have achieved it, you reward them with a free one-topping personal pan pizza. How awesome is that? I did this with my sons and all of us looked forward to the end of the month so that we could cash in our yummy reward. While receiving a personal pizza is terrific, how can you use this incentive program to its fullest?
Set an attainable goal for your son or daughter. Make it within reach, but not too easy. After all, it is a reading incentive program. 🙂 If your student is not reading yet, then it is fine to read to them.
Narrate the plot. Students who not writing proficiently or give you the littlest written work that is required, will enjoy telling you what the book they have read was all about.
Write a summary of the book. What better way to incorporate reading and writing skills than to have your daughter write a short summary of the book. This causes students to think about what has been read and find the best way to write a synopsis. If she has never written a summary before have her answer the 5 W’s and 1 H. (who, what, when, where, why, and how). The summary should be no longer than a page, and more likely two to three paragraphs, depending upon the length of the book.
Act out a favorite scene from the book. If your son can’t sit still while telling you about the book, then let him recreate a scene. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.
Draw a picture of the main characters or a favorite part of the book. These pictures can be kept and made into a book. After the program has finished, add that to your portfolio review for the year. 🙂
Important note: Registration for the upcoming school year is currently taking place. It is not a program that is open year round.