home reading tracker

Last year I wasn't good at tracking my students' home reading minutes.
I mean, I still tracked them and all, I just didn't have a successful motivating system. 
I used stickers and that's about it. Boring huh? Ya... it was.
I feel like I "dropped the ball" last year, so I am determined to succeed this year.

Since I have a carnival/circus theme in my classroom,
I decided to make a "Reading is Sweet" bulletin board with some cute lollipops I found at Target.
This board is used to track the home reading minutes.

For every 100 minutes read at home, my students earn a pony bead to put on their necklace.

All of my students have a dog tag necklace with their names and "grade 2" stamped on them. If you want to stamp your students' names into dog tag necklaces, then it is important to get a soft aluminum. 
(I wouldn't recommend buying them from Oriental Trading.) I got mine on Etsy here.  
Click here to see what kind of metal stamp set I used (you may want to shop around for this).

To start out the school year, each necklace had a piece of candy.  My students got to trade in their candy when they read their first 100 minutes (at home) and earned their first bead. I will continue to put cheap/hard candy on their necklaces every so often to keep up the motivation. 

Even though my students have only earned one or two beads so far, they are so excited! 
They are talking about the patterns they want to make with their beads... and all I tell them is: 
Keep reading at home and you will get that pattern!

I require my students to read at least 20 minutes each school night for homework. I send home a reading chart each Monday and it is due each Friday (click here to view my Home Reading Chart). In one week, they should be able to get 100 minutes read, which would earn them one bead a week. 

So now tell me, how do you track home reading minutes?
What kind of rewards do you use?


  1. Oh my goodness, this is a fabulous, darling, incredible idea!! Love it! Also, I wanted you to know my second grader came home today telling me a promise she made in class today (class promise) and I've seen some of your stuff come home. I LOVED knowing her teacher is stalking your blog too!

  2. You read my mind, I was going to post about this same topic, this weekend. Nothing as cute as yours, but it works for me. I will come back and let you know when I have it up.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  3. I really like this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Frolicking Through First

  4. I love this idea! How do you put their names on the dog tags?

  5. This is a great idea!! So creative! How do you stamp the kids' names on their dog tags??

  6. I used metal stamps similar to the ones found here:


    I already had them on hand!

  7. I want to make one of these for my daughter's 3rd grade class. How big is yours? Is it attached to the wall or free-standing (like the foam core poster board)?

    Super cute reading tracker! Her teacher was way excited when I told her I would make her one!

  8. Lindsey! Wow! What an adorable, cute, fantastic idea!! I LOVE it!! I think I will be using this idea for my little girls since I am not in a classroom right now! LOVE IT!!

  9. I just found your blog today while googling anchor charts for problem solving. I love it! Our school also requires the students to read for at least 20 minutes each night. We have a reading log that goes Monday through Sunday. They turn them in each Monday and get a new one sent home that day. That way they can even log some minutes on the weekends ;) I love your beads/100 minutes idea. We do a variety of things - lunch with the teacher if you met your monthly goal, Pizza Hut certificates if you meet your monthly goal, etc.

  10. I really love this idea! Do find parents just filling it out and students are not really reading??

  11. Love, love this idea! I've got everything, but the chain. I can't seem to find it cheap (less than a couple bucks a piece) anywhere. Do you remember where you bought yours? Thanks so much!!!

  12. Positive Promotions carries really cute reading reward dog tags. This way you get a cute tag and the chain. Just add the reading and the pony beads! Love this idea! Here is their website:


  13. Thanks for sharing this cute idea! I found you through Step into Second Grade and had to become your newest follower!
    Teach to be Happy

  14. Thanks for sharing... This is a great idea because I was not sure how to track this before.


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