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Merrillville Teacher Uses March Madness to Attract Students to Reading

Credit Fieler Elementary School, Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE - First graders from Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville are having their own March Madness through reading.

The experience is courtesy of their teacher, Miss Talian.  She set up a bracket with 16 books, and each student gets to choose the winning book in each bracket.

A virtual bracket posted in their Google Classroom has a read aloud for each book linked to the document, so students can listen to stories before they cast their votes on Fridays.

All 16 books are “battling” this week, but students are getting time during class to read on their own or Miss Talian will feature it as a read aloud! Next week, the final eight will battle, then the following week will be the final four. The last week of March will be the championship!

Miss Talian created a Google Form made with the book covers that are versing each other, so students can pick their favorites. The one with the most votes tallied will move on to the next round!

Each time the students “predict” right, they get a point. Whoever has the most points at the end will win a prize!

Miss Talian said she will dress up in college basketball gear for the championship!