Happy ‘Read for the Record’ Day!

In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them unprepared when school begins. An initiative trying to tackle this early education crisis is Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is one of the largest initiatives to build awareness around the importance of early childhood literacy. Each year, readers everywhere join together on one day to read a single book to show their support for early childhood literacy and set a new World Reading Record. Last year, over 2.2 million people participated in “Read for the Record”. Today, we hope to help break that record by reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad (Lexile measure: AD710L) by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad is an engaging story that follows Lulu (Ladybug Girl) through a playdate with her friends where they pretend to be part of an elite bug superhero gang. The Pearson Foundation offers an electronic copy of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad and tons of other great books online at www.wegivebooks.org.

This year, MetaMetrics developed an Activity Guide to accompany Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad to enhance the reading experience. The activities in the guide align with CCSS Anchor Standards for Reading in grades K-3. The Activity Guide helps readers:

  • Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical,      connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
  • Analyze the structure of text, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

So now you’ve got the book and the Activity Guide. What’s next? Here are other ways you can help:

  • Join the Bug Squad to show your support for Early Childhood Literacy.
  • Spread the word about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by visiting the Pearson Foundation’s Share page.

Happy reading!

Partnering to End the Early Education Achievement Gap

MetaMetrics is a proud partner of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. This annual campaign calls to end the early education achievement gap in America. With a Lexile measure of 360L, Llama Llama Red Pajama is Jumpstart’s 2011 featured book.  This Thursday, October 6th, Llama Llama Red Pajama will be read to over two million children nationwide

Participating in Read for the Record, MetaMetrics is dedicated to working towards closing the achievement gap. Reading is essential to preparing children for a successful academic career so please join us in encouraging every child to read.  Take a stand for America’s children by taking a seat to read with them tomorrow.

Read for the Record

Today millions of children across the world will share a literacy experience.  Students, teachers, parents, and guest speakers will be reading Ezra Jack Keats’s classic book The Snowy Day (AD500L).  The annual Read for the Record celebration, sponsored by Jumpstart and We Give Books, hopes to break the world record for the greatest number of people reading the same book on the same day.  The current record was set last year when 2,019,752 children read or heard read aloud Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Want to join in and be counted? Please visit here. You’ll find more details about the celebration, resources – including Lexile vocabulary activities to accompany The Snowy Day – and information about ways you can help improve literacy. 

The celebration doesn’t end when the record is broken.  All year long, We Give Books  donates books to needy children whenever someone reads a book on their site.  Their collection includes many well-loved picture books for parents and teachers to share with their kids. After October 7, watch for the nominations for next year’s record-breaker.

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