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Why Should I Read Everyday?



Read, Read, Read!
Why should I read outside of school everyday???    
Well lets figure it out mathematically...


If Student A reads 20 minutes a night 5 times a week at home & if Student B reads 0 minutes a night 5 times a week at home.

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 minutes a night x 5 = 100 minutes per week of extra reading practice
Student B reads 0 minutes a night x 5 = 0 minutes per week of extra reading practice

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 100 minutes a week x 4 = 400 minutes of extra reading practice
Student B reads 0 minutes a week x 4 = 0 minutes of extra reading practice

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 400 minutes per month x 9 months = 3600 minutes of extra reading practice
Student B reads 0 minutes per month x 9 months = 0 minutes of extra reading practice

Step 4: Divide minutes per year by 420 minutes (how long our school day is)
This means by the end of the school year Student A gets the equivalent of 8.5 extra school days of reading practice! 
This means by the end of the school year Student B gets the equivalent of 0 extra school days of reading practice!

If Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits from Kindergarten through 7th grade,
Student A will get the equivalent of 68 extra school days of reading practice!
While Student B will get the equivalent of 0 extra school days of reading practice!

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school?

The idea for this math problem taken with thanks from: http://technology.wgschools.org/why-not-skip-reading
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