Add Your School to the Tackle Reading Team

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March 2nd is the birthday of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. In honor of his contribution to reading, Read Across America has been a tradition in elementary schools across the country. This year, we have kicked off an event entitled Tackle Reading Across America, in which NFL teams and athletes will be promoting reading for kids and elementary schools in their community.  You don’t need to have an NFL team in your city in order to participate. Here is how you can Tackle Reading with us March 2, 2017.

  1. Wear the apparel of your favorite NFL team.
  2. Invite former NFL athletes in your community to be a guest reader for the day.
  3. Invite your local high school football team to read books by Dr. Seuss to your elementary school classes.
  4. Set reading goals on the big day for students to work toward until the end of the school year. (See example of football reading field below.)
  5. Complete language arts and math based football assignments throughout the day.
  6. Read football themed children’s books. Some examples include the following:
    Where is Pidge?       by Michelle Staubach Grimes
    Beyond the Laces     by Bob Salomon
    Smitty Hits the Books   by Wade Smith (former Houston Texan)
    The Little Linebacker  by Maria Dismondy and Stephen Tulloch (Philadelphia Eagles)
    The Magician’s Hat  by Malcolm Mitchell (New England Patriots)

    Grant’s Sports Adventures: Math and Football by Johnny Rutledge (former Arizona Cardinal)

    Flying High by Julian Edelman (New England Patriots)

    Hey A.J., It’s Saturday by Martellus Bennett

    Don’t Throw it to Mo by David Adler


  7. Order a copy of Tackle Reading (available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble) for the teachers and parents. Over 45 contributing writers have provided tips, stories, and activities to motivate children, support parents, and inspire teachers to love literacy at home and in school.
  8. Share your Tackle Reading day story and pictures with us March 1, 2019 on Twitter #TackleReading @KathrynStarke @MichelleSGrimes @beyondthelaces

Let’s combine a love of literacy with a passion for football. Together, we can #TackleReading! Follow for updates and information.



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