Read-Aloud Rituals: Reading Slumber Party


Want to combine independent reading, read-aloud, and a class reward? This ritual works best when you can devote at least an entire afternoon to it. It can be used to:

  • celebrate the end of testing week
  • ease into a holiday break
  • spotlight March is Reading month

How it works:

To prepare, make a list of reading activities and write each on a slip of paper.  Here are a few suggestions:

Place each strip inside a balloon and blow it up. Tack the balloons around  the classroom.

Allow students to bring in favorite pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and of course, reading material and tell them that they will be reading all afternoon.


At the start of the slumber party, students begin reading silently. Set a timer to go off  strategically throughout the afternoon/day.  

When the timer rings, have a student pop the balloon and read the strip. 

Have the class complete the activity on the strip and then resume silent reading.

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