Reading Homework: The 40 Book Challenge

    Dear Parents,

    My reading students are starting a 40 Book Challenge today! Although 40 books may sound like a lot, students can accomplish this goal by the end of 5th grade by reading a little more than one book a week. Some books, like shorter non-fiction books, can be completed in a day or two. Other books will obviously take longer to finish. I am confident that by making the right book choices and using regular time at home and at school to read, all of my students will be able to achieve the goal of reading 40 books this year!

    The goals of the 40 Book Challenge are to get students to explore new reading genres that might be out of their comfort zone, to increase students’ love of reading, and to make academic gains in reading. We value your support. Please make sure your child is reading each evening. This is the main part of their daily reading homework. Students will share their thoughts about the book with their “thinkmarks” which are a online Google Form. The book will not count towards the 40 Book Challenge until the thinkmark is completed! Students will learn how to fill out thinkmarks through mini lessons in class.

    Here are the general guidelines:

    • Most fiction books should be a minimum of 75 pages; nonfiction, traditional literature, poetry—32 pages. Books that are over 300 pages count as two books.  All bluebonnet books for this year will count for 40 book challenge regardless of their length...I want to encourage everyone to read Bluebonnet books! :)
    • Books should be at your student’s reading level. I will help students determine their reading levels within the first few weeks of school.
    • Books students read during class independent reading time, as well as at home, count towards their 40 book total. Students may not count books they have previously read…but they may count one book they read this summer as their first book!
    • They must record books as they finish them on their 40 Book Challenge grid; however, the books don’t have to be read in a particular order.  Students will have access to a grid through their Google Classroom.
    • The book does not “count” until a thinkmark is submitted online. Try to stay current on these!
    • Audiobooks and ebooks are also acceptable for variety (not for all 40, though!).
    • Parents, feel free to partner-read at times with your child if he or she needs support and/or if you are interested in the book!
    • Regular goal setting and progress check conferences will take place twice each 9 weeks.

    In closing, I hope your child finds at least 40 inspiring, funny, informative, and memorable books to enjoy this year! Thank you for your support with this challenge at home!

    Mrs. Matula


    ** We will do regular 40 book goal setting and progress checks (each nine week period)

    ** 40 Book Challenge completion deadline: May 6, 2022









     The 40-Book Challenge