For Year 4 and 5, I'm doing some "fun" activities to go along with introducing the challenge and the concept of a Story Lab. I thought I'd share what I'm doing here in case it is of use to other librarians or anyone else who wants to excite children about participating over the holiday.
Summer Reading Challenge: Story lab Lesson
Introduce the Summer Reading Challenge and the Story Lab theme – 6 Weeks, 6 Books – What do you think a Story Lab might be?
Writing Race – challenge students to come up with a list of 50 things you might find in a Story Lab. The winner gets a prize. Students read through their lists and select their most “inventive” ingredient to share with the class. [Adapted from Rachel Barnett's Create a character with writing races activity - PDF with many ideas available at Book Trust Everybody Writes)
Character Consequences activity – Dory-Dunky Dahl Consequences template from the Puffin website. Link Here: http://www.puffin.co.uk/static/puffinplayground/childrensactivities/downloadspdfs/RoaldDahl/dory-hunky.pdf
Read the short story Willy, the Boy Who Loved Words by Laurence Anholt (from Wow 366! Story collection) aloud to the class. (If you have longer sessions than I do, you can link in a dictionary race to find a new and exotic word)
Wish them a happy holiday where they discover new words and new authors.
My students had great fun with this. But be warned the consequences game will make them very giggly. Personally, I love that. It's the end of term. We aim for fun!