Wild About Reading

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Resource:Wild About Reading
Provider:Wild About Reading
Summary:Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6)
A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website, sponsored by Six Flags theme park and Weekly Reader, that offers free curriculum and activities (in interactive online and downloadable formats) to encourage kids to read for fun. You don't have to register to access the free stuff at this website.
This is an adjunct to a reading program (similar to those "read for free pizza" programs) whereby kids can read books for fun during the 2009-2010 school year and earn a ticket to a Six Flags theme park in either Baltimore, San Francisco, or San Antonio. If you live near those areas, you can learn more about participating at the website.

Homeschool groups are welcome. The deadline for registration is January 8, 2010 at the main site located here:


Again, you don't have to participate in the reading program to access the free materials available at the Wild For Reading
website. When you get to the site you'll see a colorful cartoon illustration and a menu that includes:

*Theater in the Wild - Watch three short, animated videos about various things that take place at Six Flags theme parks.
IMO, the videos aren't all that impressive. Don't let that deter you because the activities associated with the videos are worth checking out. You'll find links to access them at the end of each video, or go directly to the "Teacher
Resources" on the main menu.

*Teacher Resources - Get free lesson plans themed around the SUBJECT material in the videos (so, you really don't have to
watch the videos at all) along with extension activities and suggested book lists for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-6. You'll be amazed at how much content is available in the "Activity Archive" alone! You'll find:

-writing prompts and story starters
-proof reading for grammatical errors
-character and plot development activities
-crossword puzzles
-and more!

*Parents' Place - Look for the menu on this page that offers tips on how to get your kids wild about reading through links to web resources, fun activities that will make you glad you turned off the TV and cell phone, and a suggested book list that you can print out and take to the library.

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