Students make reading fun at Woodholme Elementary

PIKESVILLE, Md - Students are hard at work at Woodholme Elementary in Pikesville.  The goal is to get students on the right academic track to be college and career ready.

Some creative teachers found a way to make learning fun.  Students put together a video that parodies the popular song, "Call Me Maybe." It's called, "Read with Me Maybe."

Students sing about their love of reading.  The goal is to make learning fun and encourage students to pick up a book.

"We really just want our students to become more interested in reading, make it fun, make it interesting, have them think of reading as a fun activity," said Melissa Daniels, Elementary Technology Integration Teacher at Woodholme Elementary.

Each year the school hosts Reading Night where students perform for parents.  This year students decided to come up with their own song.

The schools Reading Specialist wrote the lyrics to "Read with Me Maybe."  The video was released after three weeks of practice. 

The video was played during morning announcements to 900 students..  Educators say it has helped students in reading.

"The kids were excited about reading. We printed out the lyrics and just reading the song helped improve fluency," said Joanna Lewis, Primary Reading Specialist at Woodholme Elementary.

"I'm feeling good. I read a lot at my house and I'm reading this book.  It's called 'Goosebumps.'  It's a good book," said Kory Stewart, fifth grade student at Woodholme Elementary.

The video was posted on You Tube and has become a big hit.  It received hundreds of hits from around the world.

"It was exciting because I had some experience of making videos.  I was a pro doing it so it was really cool," said Tianna Rowlett, fifth grade student at Woodholme Elementary.

Eight fifth grade students from different classes participated in the "Read with Me Maybe" video.  The students also lead the school and several hundred guests in singing the song while watching the video during the National Blue Ribbon assembly.


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